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Mothers, Fathers, Peers, and Mexican-Origin Adolescents' Sexual Intentions


Department of Human Development and Family Studies, Colorado State University, 412 Behavioral Science Building, Fort Collins, CO 80523-1570 (


Drawing on a symbolic-interaction perspective and a compensation model, the processes linking mother-and father-adolescent relationship qualities, deviant peer affiliations, and adolescents' sexual intentions were investigated for 246 Mexican-origin youths born in the United States and in Mexico using multiple-group structural equation models. Deviant peer affiliations significantly mediated the relations between paternal acceptance and sexual intentions and between disclosure to mothers and sexual intentions for U.S.-born youths but not for Mexico-born youths. Findings highlight the importance of examining variability as a function of youth nativity.