Intergenerational transmission of cultural socialization and effects on young children's developmental competencies among Mexican-origin families

Chelsea D. Williams, Diamond Y. Bravo, Adriana J Umana-Taylor, Kimberly A. Updegraff, Laudan B. Jahromi, Stefanie Martinez-Fuentes, María de Jesus Elias

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Abstract

The current 3-generation (N = 204 families), 3-year longitudinal study examined the intergenerational transmission of cultural socialization among Mexican-origin young mothers and their own mothers (i.e., children's grandmothers) and, in turn, whether young mothers' cultural socialization informed their children's developmental competencies (i.e., interactive play with peers, receptive language, and internalizing and externalizing problem behavior) one year later. Results indicated that mediation was significant, such that grandmother-mother cultural socialization, when children were 3 years old, informed greater mother-child cultural socialization when children were 4 years old, which, in turn, informed children's greater receptive language and interactive play with peers when children were 5 years old. Findings highlight the importance of intergenerational cultural socialization on young children's developmental competencies.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)199-207
Number of pages9
JournalDevelopmental psychology
Volume56
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Feb 1 2020

Keywords

  • Cultural/ethnic/racial/ethnic-racial socialization
  • Families
  • Interactive play with peers
  • Intergenerational cultural transmission
  • Internalizing/externalizing problem behavior
  • Receptive language

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Demography
  • Developmental and Educational Psychology
  • Life-span and Life-course Studies

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