ERIC Number: ED346387
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1991-Jun
The Influence of Acculturation on Family Functioning among Hispanic Americans in a Bicultural Community.
Ramirez, Jorge I; Hosch, Harmon M.
It has been observed that the process of acculturation is a potential source of stress. The population of El Paso-Ciudad Juarez border region of Texas and Mexico can be considered as highly vulnerable to the influence of acculturative stress on family functioning. An empirical study was conducted to investigate the relationship between acculturation processes and family functioning in the El Paso-Ciudad Juarez area. The families of 125 college students from three institutions served as subjects; 92 of the subjects identified themselves as Hispanic American and 33 as Mexican Nationals. Data collected were demographic variables and self-report measures of behavioral and value acculturation, biculturalism, adherence to traditional cultural values of the Mexican family, and family functioning. The results indicated these factors were associated with more favorable evaluations of family functioning: (1) mothers' higher levels of participation in the American culture; (2) male adolescents' higher levels of participation in the Hispanic culture; and (3) female adolescents' greater adherence to traditional cultural values of the Hispanic family. All this suggests that bridging cultural differences in the family through the encouragement of biculturalism is important to minimize the possible detrimental effects of acculturation processes among Hispanic American families with adolescents living in bicultural communities. (ABL)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Biennial Conference on Community Research and Action (3rd, Tempe, AZ, June 6-8, 1991).