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ERIC Number: EJ992011
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012
Pages: 17
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0009-3920
Family Functioning and Early Learning Practices in Immigrant Homes
Jung, Sunyoung; Fuller, Bruce; Galindo, Claudia
Child Development, v83 n5 p1510-1526 Sep-Oct 2012
Poverty-related developmental-risk theories dominate accounts of uneven levels of household functioning and effects on children. But immigrant parents may sustain norms and practices--stemming from heritage culture, selective migration, and social support--that buffer economic exigencies. "Comparable" levels of social-emotional functioning in homes of foreign-born Latino mothers were observed relative to native-born Whites, despite sharp social-class disparities, but learning activities were much "weaker", drawing on a national sample of mothers with children aging from 9 to 48 months (n = 5,300). Asian-heritage mothers reported "weaker" social functioning--greater martial conflict and depression--yet "stronger" learning practices. Mothers' migration history, ethnicity, and social support helped to explain levels of functioning, after taking into account multiple indicators of class and poverty. (Contains 5 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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