ERIC Number: EJ825883
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Feb
Abstractor: As Provided
Cultural and Contextual Influences on Parenting in Mexican American Families
White, Rebecca M. B.; Roosa, Mark W.; Weaver, Scott R.; Nair, Rajni L.
Journal of Marriage and Family, v71 n1 p61-79 Feb 2009
Family stress theory can explain associations between contextual stressors and parenting. The theory, however, has not been tested among Mexican Americans or expanded to include cultural-contextual risks. This study examined associations between neighborhood, economic, and acculturative stressors and parenting behaviors in a sample of 570 two-parent Mexican American families. Results support the negative impact of economic stress on parenting through parental depressive symptoms. Neighborhood stress influenced fathers' depressive symptoms and parenting, but not mothers'. The effects of acculturative stress were inconsistent. Results suggest that contextual stressors common to Mexican American families impact parenting behaviors through parental depression.
Descriptors: Neighborhoods, Mexican Americans, Child Rearing, Depression (Psychology), Parenting Styles, Stress Variables, Correlation, Social Theories, Cultural Influences, Socioeconomic Influences, Acculturation, Symptoms (Individual Disorders), Fathers, Mothers, Gender Differences, Context Effect
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