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Parent-centered values among Latino immigrant mothers

Candice Fischer, University of Massachusetts Amherst


The present study examined parent-centered values among 98 Latino mothers living in the U.S. with at least one child between the ages of one and eleven years old. Paired sample t-tests were used to compare parenting qualities thought to be valued most with those thought to be valued less. Results revealed that Relational Qualities, Role Modeling values, Family Loyalty, and Firm Control were highly valued, whereas qualities that promote a Stimulating Environment, qualities associated with Low Parental Control, and having Economic resources were rated relatively low. Participants also perceived these last three dimensions as significantly more valued by mothers in the dominant culture than by Latino mothers. Overall results were consistent with the hypothesis that Latino mothers endorse parent-centered values that adhere to a relational perspective, which emphasizes affection and loyalty towards other family members. Findings also supported the notion that Latino parenting values may be more consistent with an authoritative rather than an authoritarian parenting style.

Subject Area

Social psychology|Clinical psychology|Hispanic American studies

Recommended Citation

Fischer, Candice, "Parent-centered values among Latino immigrant mothers" (2008). Doctoral Dissertations Available from Proquest. AAI3325114.