ERIC Number: EJ865445
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Dec
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 57
Mexican American Adolescents' Family Caregiving: Selection Effects and Longitudinal Associations with Adjustment
East, Patricia L.; Weisner, Thomas S.
Family Relations, v58 n5 p562-577 Dec 2009
One hundred ten Mexican American adolescents (12-17 years) who provide infant care for their older sisters were studied to determine the effects of family caregiving responsibilities on adolescents' adjustment. Controlling for prior adjustment and family context factors, providing many hours of caregiving predicted an increase in youths' school absences and disciplinary problems. Frequent conflict surrounding caregiving was associated with increased stress and depression and lower school grades. Older girls appear to select into caregiving and experience the most problematic outcomes. Strong family obligations were not protective against caregiving stress but, rather, further compromised youths' well-being for those who were highly involved in their family's care.
Descriptors: Mexican Americans, Adolescents, Hispanic Americans, Infant Care, Depression (Psychology), Caregivers, Longitudinal Studies, Stress Variables, Siblings, Females, Family Relationship, Well Being
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