Mothers' characteristics as predictors of adolescents' ethnic-racial identity: An examination of mexican-origin teen mothers

Chelsea L. Derlan, Adriana J. Umaña-Taylor, Kimberly Updegraff, Laudan B. Jahromi

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Abstract

The current longitudinal study examined Mexican-origin mothers' cultural characteristics and ethnic socialization efforts as predictors of their adolescent daughters' ethnic-racial identity (ERI) exploration, resolution, and affirmation. Method: Participants were 193 Mexican-origin adolescent mothers (M age = 16.78 years; SD = .98) and their mothers (M age = 41.24 years; SD = 7.11). Results: Findings indicated that mothers' familism values and ERI exploration were positively associated with mother-reported ethnic socialization efforts 1 year later. Furthermore, mothers' ERI affirmation was a significant positive predictor of adolescents' ERI affirmation 2 years later, accounting for adolescents' ERI affirmation 1 year earlier. Conclusions: Discussion emphasizes the significance of ERI development among adolescent mothers who are negotiating the normative development of ERI and faced with their new role as parents and cultural socializers of their young children.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)453-459
Number of pages7
JournalCultural Diversity and Ethnic Minority Psychology
Volume22
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Jul 1 2016

Keywords

  • Enculturation
  • Ethnic/racial identity
  • Ethnic/racial socialization
  • Mexican/Mexican-origin/Latino
  • adolescent mothers

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Psychology
  • Sociology and Political Science

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