Parenting Practices among Dominican and Puerto Rican Mothers

Columbia University School of Social Work, New York, NY 10027, USA.
Social work (Impact Factor: 1.15). 02/2007; 52(1):17-30. DOI: 10.1093/sw/52.1.17
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This study presents descriptive qualitative data about Latino parenting practices in an urban context. Focus groups were conducted with Dominican and Puerto Rican mother-adolescent pairs in the Bronx borough of NewYork City. When parenting style typologies are integrated with the Latino cultural components familismo, respeto, personalismo, and simpatía, Latino parenting practices and their underlying styles are better understood. Content analysis of parents' focus groups revealed five essential Latino parenting practices: (1) ensuring close monitoring of adolescents; (2) maintaining warm and supportive relationships characterized by high levels of parent-adolescent interaction and sharing; (3) explaining parental decisions and actions; (4) making an effort to build and improve relationships; and (5) differential parenting practices based on adolescents' gender. Mothers reported concerns related to the risks associated with living in an urban area, exposure to different cultural values, and opportunities for engaging in risky behaviors. Adolescents' recommendations for effective parenting strategies were similar to the practices reported by their mothers. The study has important applied implications for culturally competent social work practice with Latino adolescents and their families.

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    • "I samband med insyn över barnets aktiviteter diskuteras även föräldrabarnrelationen. Forskare menar att en bra relation mellan föräldrar och barn gör att föräldrarna lättare får insyn i barnens aktiviteter, eftersom barnet då lättare accepterar reglerna som har satts upp (Kerns, Aspelmeier, Getzler & Grabill, 2001; Guilamo-Ramos et al, 2007). "
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    • "In this study, we examined nativity status, as well as two other factors that may be associated with acculturation: traditional gender norms and religiosity . Research shows that regardless of race or ethnicity, fathers who endorsed high levels of familism, a construct that emphasizes the importance of family cohesiveness, support for family members, and self-sacrifice for the good of the family (Guilamo-Ramos et al., 2007; Yasui & Dishion, 2007), were less likely to use physical punishment (Ferrari, 2002). Traditional gender norms may reinforce family roles regarding the use of discipline, with fathers characterized as the breadwinner and disciplinarian, and mothers as nurturers who have primary responsibility for child care (Parra-Cardona et al., 2008). "
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    • "In addition, previous research highlights the importance of considering teens' and parents' gender. Qualitative research has shown that Puerto Rican and Dominican mothers of adolescents believed that boys should be raised with more freedom than girls, including allowing boys to spend more time outside the home, whereas girls were encouraged to stay in the house (Guilamo-Ramos et al., 2007). Based on these studies and disclosure studies of diverse teens (Smetana et al., 2006; Yau et al., 2009), we hypothesized that girls would disclose more and lie less to both parents than would boys and that adolescents would disclose more and lie less to mothers than fathers. "
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