Mexican American Seventh Graders' Future Work and Family Plans: Associations With Cultural Experiences and Adjustment

Emily Cansler, Kimberly A. Updegraff, Sandra D. Simpkins

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Abstract

We describe Mexican American seventh graders' expectations for future work and family roles and investigate links between patterns of future expectations and adolescents' cultural experiences and adjustment. Adolescents participated in home interviews and a series of seven nightly phone calls. Five unique patterns of adolescents' future expectations were identified (N = 246): Career-Oriented, Independent, Family-Oriented, Early, and Inconsistent. Career-Oriented adolescents had the highest socioeconomic status and contact with the United States (e.g., generation status) whereas Family-Oriented adolescents had the lowest. Cultural orientations, values, and involvement also varied across groups. For example, Career-Oriented adolescents reported significantly higher familism values compared to Inconsistent adolescents. Clusters also differed on adjustment: Career-Oriented and Family-Oriented adolescents reported higher parental warmth and less risky behavior compared to Independent and Inconsistent adolescents. These findings underscore the multifaceted nature of adolescents' future expectations and the diversity in cultural experiences among Mexican-origin youth.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)313-339
Number of pages27
JournalJournal of Early Adolescence
Volume32
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Jun 2012

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Social Adjustment
adolescent
future expectation
experience
career
Cultural Diversity
Social Values
Social Class
Values
social status
contact

Keywords

  • adjustment
  • ANCOVA
  • cluster analysis (Sleipner)
  • culture
  • decision making
  • goals

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Sciences (miscellaneous)
  • Developmental and Educational Psychology
  • Life-span and Life-course Studies
  • Sociology and Political Science

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Mexican American Seventh Graders' Future Work and Family Plans : Associations With Cultural Experiences and Adjustment. / Cansler, Emily; Updegraff, Kimberly A.; Simpkins, Sandra D.

In: Journal of Early Adolescence, Vol. 32, No. 3, 06.2012, p. 313-339.

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