Latino Fathers and Their Children

Natasha J. Cabrera, Robert Bradley

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Abstract

This article examines Latino fathers and their influence on child well-being in light of recent demographic, cultural, and social shifts. Through use of a heuristic model of father involvement, this study found great heterogeneity in the way Latino fathers are engaged with their offspring and at least suggests an emerging hybrid that blends traditional with more modern views of parenting. Findings imply that a father's personal characteristics and experiences (such as cultural values and beliefs, immigration experience, motivation to parent, and financial, social, and human capital) and quality of his relationships (coparenting and couple) are important correlates of involvement with his children. There appear to be multiple mechanisms linking aspects of paternal involvement to child outcomes, including the quality of the mother-father and parent-child relationship and the father's own interactions (language input, supportiveness) with the child. These findings are considered in the context of methodological, conceptual, and measurement challenges that future studies should address.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)232-238
Number of pages7
JournalChild Development Perspectives
Volume6
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Sep 2012

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Hispanic Americans
Fathers
father
Father-Child Relations
Parent-Child Relations
Emigration and Immigration
Parenting
child well-being
Child Welfare
parent-child relationship
Motivation
Language
human capital
social capital
Mothers
Demography
heuristics
immigration
finance
experience

Keywords

  • Fathers
  • Latino
  • Minority

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Life-span and Life-course Studies
  • Developmental and Educational Psychology
  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health

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Latino Fathers and Their Children. / Cabrera, Natasha J.; Bradley, Robert.

In: Child Development Perspectives, Vol. 6, No. 3, 09.2012, p. 232-238.

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Cabrera, Natasha J. ; Bradley, Robert. / Latino Fathers and Their Children. In: Child Development Perspectives. 2012 ; Vol. 6, No. 3. pp. 232-238.
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