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Cultural and Contextual Influences on Parenting in Mexican American Families
Article first published online: 27 JAN 2009
© National Council on Family Relations, 2009
Journal of Marriage and Family
Volume 71, Issue 1, pages 61–79, February 2009
How to Cite
White, R. M. B., Roosa, M. W., Weaver, S. R. and Nair, R. L. (2009), Cultural and Contextual Influences on Parenting in Mexican American Families. Journal of Marriage and Family, 71: 61–79. doi: 10.1111/j.1741-3737.2008.00580.x
This article was edited by Velma McBride Murry.
- Issue published online: 27 JAN 2009
- Article first published online: 27 JAN 2009
- economic hardship;
- Mexican American;
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.