Implications of Mexican-Origin Youth’s Work Experiences for Relationships With Fathers

Xiaoran Sun, Susan M. McHale, Kimberly A. Updegraff, Adriana J. Uma˜na-Taylor

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Objective: To illuminate family implications of youth’s work, we examined longitudinal links between the work experiences of Mexican-origin youth in late adolescence and young adulthood and father-youth relationships. Method: Using data from 187 Mexican-origin youth and their employed fathers, we tested youth’s (52.4% female; Mage = 19.64, SD = 1.78) work hours and workplace discrimination as predictors of paternal acceptance two years later (Time 1 paternal acceptance controlled), and tested moderation by youth gender and maternal employment. Results: Multivariate multilevel models revealed a curvilinear association between youth workplace discrimination and father-reported acceptance. Moderation effects of youth gender and mother employment in linear links between youth work experiences and youth-reported acceptance also emerged. Work hours were stronger negative predictors of paternal acceptance for sons than daughters and youth with employed compared to nonemployed mothers. Workplace discrimination was a positive predictor of paternal acceptance of daughters but not sons.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)796-807
Number of pages12
JournalCultural Diversity and Ethnic Minority Psychology
Issue number4
StatePublished - 2021
Externally publishedYes

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
Funding was provided by the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development Grants R01-HD39666 (Kimberly A. Updegraff and Adriana J. Uma˜na-Taylor, co-PIs) and R01-HD32366 (Susan M. McHale, Ann C. Crouter, co-PIs) and by the Cowden Fund to the T. Denny Sanford School of Social and Family Dynamics at ASU. This manuscript was based on Xiaoran Sun’s dissertation research conducted at the Pennsylvania State University

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© 2021 American Psychological Association


  • Mexican-origin families
  • father-youth relationships
  • work-family interface
  • workplace discrimination
  • youth employment


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