The parental relationship and adolescent conduct problems in mexican american and european american families

Larry E. Dumka, Justin Prost, Manuel Barrera

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Abstract

Couple and family therapists have long noted the connection between discord in the marital relationship and adolescent conduct problems. To clarify the processes involved in this relationship, we tested a path model linking marital discord and adolescent conduct problems via the parenting alliance for mothers and fathers in European American, Mexican American English-preference, and Mexican American Spanish-preference families. Results indicated that a strong parenting alliance significantly affected parenting self-efficacy. Parenting self-efficacy was negatively related to adolescent conduct problems for mothers but not for fathers. Results suggest that maternal perceptions of low parenting alliance and low maternal parenting self-efficacy are salient risk factors for adolescent conduct problems in Mexican American families. Implications of the findings for couple and family therapy are discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)37-57
Number of pages21
JournalJournal of Couple and Relationship Therapy
Volume1
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - May 30 2002

Keywords

  • Adolescent adjustment
  • Marital discord
  • Mexican American
  • Parenting alliance
  • Parenting self-efficacy
  • Therapy

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Gender Studies
  • Social Psychology
  • Applied Psychology
  • Social Sciences (miscellaneous)

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