ERIC Number: EJ798239
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Jul
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 51
Acculturation and Latino Family Processes: How Cultural Involvement, Biculturalism, and Acculturation Gaps Influence Family Dynamics
Smokowski, Paul R.; Rose, Roderick; Bacallao, Martica L.
Family Relations, v57 n3 p295-308 Jul 2008
This study investigated how adolescent and parent acculturation (culture-of-origin and U.S. cultural involvement, biculturalism, acculturation conflicts, and parent-adolescent acculturation gaps) influenced family dynamics (family cohesion, adaptability, familism, and parent-adolescent conflict) in a sample of 402 Latino families from North Carolina and Arizona. Multiple regression and hierarchical linear models suggested that culture-of-origin involvement and biculturalism were cultural assets related to positive outcomes, whereas acculturation conflict was inversely related to positive family dynamics and positively related to parent-adolescent conflict. Parent-adolescent acculturation gaps were inversely associated with family cohesion, adaptability, and familism but were unrelated to parent-adolescent conflict. Limitations and implications for practice are discussed.
Descriptors: Hispanic Americans, Family Relationship, Adolescents, Acculturation, Biculturalism, Parent Child Relationship, Conflict
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
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Identifiers - Location: Arizona; North Carolina