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ERIC Number: EJ861266
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009
Pages: 24
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 83
ISSN: ISSN-0739-9863
Mexican Immigrant Fathers' and Mothers' Engagement with School-Age Children
Hossain, Ziarat; Shipman, Virginia
Hispanic Journal of Behavioral Sciences, v31 n4 p468-491 2009
This study examined mothers' and fathers' reports of their time spent in their school-age children's care and academic work and the relationships between socioeconomic status and social support variables with fathers' time spent in children's care and academic work within two-parent Mexican immigrant families. Mother and father dyads from 79 two-parent Mexican immigrant families with a second- or third-grade child residing in rural towns in southwestern United States participated in the study. Multivariate analyses of variance indicated that mothers spent significantly more time in children's basic care, care on demand, and both academic interaction at home and at school than did fathers. Hierarchical regression analyses revealed that fathers' time spent in children's care was positively related to their educational level and extrafamilial support and that their time spent in children's academic work, although positively influenced by their education, was negatively influenced by family size. Findings are discussed with regard to gender role differences in parental engagement with children within Mexican immigrant families and their implications for informing policy makers, educators, and parents of the importance of parental time spent in enriching children's development and culturally sensitive strategies for doing so. (Contains 3 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Education; Grade 2; Grade 3
Audience: Parents; Teachers; Policymakers
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A