Parental Cultural Socialization of Mexican-American Adolescents' Family Obligation Values and Behaviors

Kim M. Tsai, Eva H. Telzer, Nancy Gonzales, Andrew J. Fuligni

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Abstract

The current study examined how parents' cultural socialization efforts contribute to adolescents' family obligation values and behaviors and how these processes may depend upon the relational climate at home. Utilizing survey and daily diary methodologies, 428 Mexican-American adolescents (50% males; Mage = 15 years) and their parents (83% mothers; Mage = 42 years) participated in the study. Adolescents reported on their family obligation values and engagement in family assistance tasks across 14 days. Parents reported on their cultural socialization practices. Results indicated that parental cultural socialization was associated with adolescents' family obligation values and behaviors when parent-child relationships were low in conflict and high in support. Findings suggest that the transmission of cultural values and practices is best facilitated through positive parent-child relationships.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1241-1252
Number of pages12
JournalChild development
Volume86
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Jul 1 2015

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health
  • Education
  • Developmental and Educational Psychology

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