Troubled Relationships: High-Risk Latina Adolescents and Nonresident Fathers

Vera Lopez, Rosalie Corona

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

5 Citations (Scopus)

Abstract

This qualitative study explored 18 high-risk adolescent Latinas' perceptions of their relationships with nonresident fathers. A number of interrelated factors-early childhood memories, mothers' interpretations, and fathers' behaviors-shaped girls' perceptions, which in turn, influenced how they interacted with fathers. Some girls struggled to make sense of fathers' diminished involvement and continued to long for them. Others grew angry and refused to have anything to do with hostile and aggressive fathers. Some girls never knew or did not remember their fathers, and they were largely indifferent. In contrast, other girls were conflicted and shifted back and forth between being angry with fathers, longing for them, and attempting to assume an air of indifference. Only one girl noted that she had a positive, loving relationship with her father. Implications for study findings are discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)715-744
Number of pages30
JournalJournal of Family Issues
Volume33
Issue number6
DOIs
StatePublished - Jun 2012

Fingerprint

father
adolescent
childhood
air
interpretation

Keywords

  • adolescents
  • father-adolescent relationships
  • father-daughter relationships
  • female adolescents
  • Latinas

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Sciences (miscellaneous)

Cite this

Troubled Relationships : High-Risk Latina Adolescents and Nonresident Fathers. / Lopez, Vera; Corona, Rosalie.

In: Journal of Family Issues, Vol. 33, No. 6, 06.2012, p. 715-744.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

@article{3e6f622e2c1140959149108a5fd3d4ce,
title = "Troubled Relationships: High-Risk Latina Adolescents and Nonresident Fathers",
abstract = "This qualitative study explored 18 high-risk adolescent Latinas' perceptions of their relationships with nonresident fathers. A number of interrelated factors-early childhood memories, mothers' interpretations, and fathers' behaviors-shaped girls' perceptions, which in turn, influenced how they interacted with fathers. Some girls struggled to make sense of fathers' diminished involvement and continued to long for them. Others grew angry and refused to have anything to do with hostile and aggressive fathers. Some girls never knew or did not remember their fathers, and they were largely indifferent. In contrast, other girls were conflicted and shifted back and forth between being angry with fathers, longing for them, and attempting to assume an air of indifference. Only one girl noted that she had a positive, loving relationship with her father. Implications for study findings are discussed.",
keywords = "adolescents, father-adolescent relationships, father-daughter relationships, female adolescents, Latinas",
author = "Vera Lopez and Rosalie Corona",
year = "2012",
month = "6",
doi = "10.1177/0192513X11434915",
language = "English (US)",
volume = "33",
pages = "715--744",
journal = "Journal of Family Issues",
issn = "0192-513X",
publisher = "SAGE Publications Inc.",
number = "6",

}

TY - JOUR

T1 - Troubled Relationships

T2 - High-Risk Latina Adolescents and Nonresident Fathers

AU - Lopez, Vera

AU - Corona, Rosalie

PY - 2012/6

Y1 - 2012/6

N2 - This qualitative study explored 18 high-risk adolescent Latinas' perceptions of their relationships with nonresident fathers. A number of interrelated factors-early childhood memories, mothers' interpretations, and fathers' behaviors-shaped girls' perceptions, which in turn, influenced how they interacted with fathers. Some girls struggled to make sense of fathers' diminished involvement and continued to long for them. Others grew angry and refused to have anything to do with hostile and aggressive fathers. Some girls never knew or did not remember their fathers, and they were largely indifferent. In contrast, other girls were conflicted and shifted back and forth between being angry with fathers, longing for them, and attempting to assume an air of indifference. Only one girl noted that she had a positive, loving relationship with her father. Implications for study findings are discussed.

AB - This qualitative study explored 18 high-risk adolescent Latinas' perceptions of their relationships with nonresident fathers. A number of interrelated factors-early childhood memories, mothers' interpretations, and fathers' behaviors-shaped girls' perceptions, which in turn, influenced how they interacted with fathers. Some girls struggled to make sense of fathers' diminished involvement and continued to long for them. Others grew angry and refused to have anything to do with hostile and aggressive fathers. Some girls never knew or did not remember their fathers, and they were largely indifferent. In contrast, other girls were conflicted and shifted back and forth between being angry with fathers, longing for them, and attempting to assume an air of indifference. Only one girl noted that she had a positive, loving relationship with her father. Implications for study findings are discussed.

KW - adolescents

KW - father-adolescent relationships

KW - father-daughter relationships

KW - female adolescents

KW - Latinas

UR - http://www.scopus.com/inward/record.url?scp=84860442861&partnerID=8YFLogxK

UR - http://www.scopus.com/inward/citedby.url?scp=84860442861&partnerID=8YFLogxK

U2 - 10.1177/0192513X11434915

DO - 10.1177/0192513X11434915

M3 - Article

AN - SCOPUS:84860442861

VL - 33

SP - 715

EP - 744

JO - Journal of Family Issues

JF - Journal of Family Issues

SN - 0192-513X

IS - 6

ER -