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Latino Fathers' Involvement in Their Children's Schools


Department of Sociology, 3620 S. Vermont Blvd., Kaprielian Hall 352, Los Angeles, CA 90089-2539 (


Latinos make up the largest racial/ethnic minority group in the United States, yet we know very little about Latino fathers' involvement in their children's lives. This article adds school participation to conceptualizations of paternal involvement and contributes to an understanding of the role of immigrant acculturation in shaping Latino parenting practices. Drawing on nationally representative data, the author finds that U.S.-born Latino fathers are just as likely as U.S.-born White fathers to participate in children's school activities, after controlling for other covariates. The author also shows that indicators of immigrant acculturation account for some variation in parental school participation among Latino fathers. Findings point to recommendations for engaging Latino fathers in educational interventions that benefit their children and communities.