Behavioral autonomy age expectations among Mexican-origin mother-daughter dyads: An examination of within-group variability

Mayra Y. Bámaca-Colbert, Adriana J. Umaña-Taylor, Graciela Espinosa-Hernández, Ashley M. Brown

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This study examined differences in behavioral autonomy age expectations between Mexican-origin mothers and their adolescent daughters (. N = 319 dyads); variability in behavioral autonomy age expectations as a function of nativity and maternal educational attainment also was examined. Findings indicated significant differences between mothers and daughters, such that mothers reported later expectations for the timing of behavioral autonomy than did daughters. Follow-up analyses indicated that findings appeared to be driven by maternal nativity, with dyads comprised of Mexico-born mothers reporting the latest age expectations for behavioral autonomy when compared with dyads comprised of U.S. born mothers. Findings underscore the need to examine normative development among Latino adolescents and their families with a specific focus on how sociocultural characteristics can contribute to within-family differences.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)691-700
Number of pages10
JournalJournal of Adolescence
Issue number3
StatePublished - Jun 1 2012



  • Autonomy development
  • Latino adolescents and families
  • Sociocultural factors

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health
  • Social Psychology
  • Developmental and Educational Psychology
  • Psychiatry and Mental health

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