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ERIC Number: EJ780734
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007-Dec
Pages: 30
Abstractor: Author
Reference Count: 55
ISSN: ISSN-1050-8392
The Meaning of Good Parent-Child Relationships for Mexican American Adolescents
Crockett, Lisa J.; Brown, Jill; Russell, Stephen T.; Shen, Yuh-Ling
Journal of Research on Adolescence, v17 n4 p639-668 Dec 2007
Perceptions of good parent-adolescent relationships were explored among 19 Mexican American high school students aged 14-17 who participated in focus group interviews on what it means for Mexican American teenagers to have good relationships with parents. Using a grounded theory approach, five general themes emerged in the responses, corresponding to open communication, instrumental and emotional support, indirect expressions of caring, parental control, and valued relationship qualities. Both genders described distinct relationships with mothers and fathers. Relationships with mothers were closer and more open than relationships with fathers, and mothers were seen as being more affectionate, lenient, and emotionally supportive, whereas fathers tended to express caring indirectly by providing instrumental and financial support and by just being there. Parental upbringing, culture, gender, and parental role expectations emerged as explanations for parents' behavior. Theoretical, methodological, and practical implications are discussed. (Contains 1 figure.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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