Shared ancestry, evolving stories: Similar and contrasting life experiences described by foreign born and U.S. born latino parents

José Rubén Parra-Cardona, David CÓrdova, Kendal Holtrop, Francisco A. Villarruel, Elizabeth Wieling

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Abstract

As the Latino population in the United States continues to increase, so does the necessity for in-depth knowledge about their life experiences. This qualitative study sought to privilege the voices of Latino parents by utilizing focus group discussions. Specifically, participants described the life experiences that have the greatest influence on their parenting efforts. Similar and contrasting themes were identified based on participant country of origin (i.e., foreign born vs. U.S. born). Findings described the participants' commitment to being good parents, as well as the ways in which their parenting efforts are influenced by experiences of adversity and discrimination, Latino cultural values, gender roles, and resilience. The results of this investigation can inform researchers and mental health professionals working with Latino families.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)157-172
Number of pages16
JournalFamily process
Volume47
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Jun 1 2008

Keywords

  • Latino Cultural Values
  • Latino Parenting
  • Latinos(as)

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