Child Development and Family Studies, Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN 47907-2020.
Family Cohesion in the Lives of Mexican American and European American Parents
Article first published online: 23 OCT 2008
© National Council on Family Relations, 2008
Journal of Marriage and Family
Volume 70, Issue 4, pages 1045–1059, November 2008
How to Cite
Behnke, A. O., MacDermid, S. M., Coltrane, S. L., Parke, R. D., Duffy, S. and Widaman, K. F. (2008), Family Cohesion in the Lives of Mexican American and European American Parents. Journal of Marriage and Family, 70: 1045–1059. doi: 10.1111/j.1741-3737.2008.00545.x
- Issue published online: 23 OCT 2008
- Article first published online: 23 OCT 2008
- Hispanic Americans;
This study investigated similarities and differences in relations between stress and parenting behaviors for 509 Mexican American and European American fathers and mothers in Southern California. Our model posited that family cohesion mediates the relation between stressors and parenting behavior, and we found that family cohesion strongly mediated most of the relations between stress and parenting behaviors. Important ethnic and gender differences were evident. In contrast with other groups, Mexican American fathers reported higher levels of family cohesion when faced with economic pressures. Implications for future research on stress and parenting are discussed.