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Interparental Relations, Maternal Employment, and Fathering in Mexican American Families
Article first published online: 29 JAN 2007
Journal of Marriage and Family
Volume 69, Issue 1, pages 26–39, February 2007
How to Cite
Formoso, D., Gonzales, N. A., Barrera, M. and Dumka, L. E. (2007), Interparental Relations, Maternal Employment, and Fathering in Mexican American Families. Journal of Marriage and Family, 69: 26–39. doi: 10.1111/j.1741-3737.2006.00341.x
Diana Formoso is now at the Mailman Center for Child Development (D-820), Department of Pediatrics, University of Miami, P.O. Box 016820, 1601 NW 12th Avenue, Miami, FL 33101.
- Issue published online: 29 JAN 2007
- Article first published online: 29 JAN 2007
- child adjustment;
- family conflict;
- father-child relations;
- low-income families;
- maternal employment;
- Mexican Americans
This study examined independent and interactive relations between the interparental relationship and maternal employment in predicting fathering within low-income, Mexican American two-parent families (N = 115). Interparental conflict was negatively related to quality fathering, and these relations were noted only for single-earner families. The parenting alliance was positively related to quality fathering irrespective of maternal employment. Fathering was associated with lower levels of child depression and conduct problems. Results suggest that bolstering quality fathering is a useful avenue for improving child well-being and that strengthening the interparental relationship can support quality fathering and child mental health within Mexican American families.