The Impact of Acculturation and Cultural Values on Hispanic Immigrants’ Parenting.
Gonzalez, Natali. Méndez-Pounds, Joanna.
Marriage and Family Therapy Program, Department of Community, Family, and Addiction Sciences, Texas Tech University, Lubbock, Texas.
Published: March 2018
Contemporary Family Therapy
Vol. 40, No. 4 , p. 56-67
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This study explored the process Hispanic immigrant families undergo when immigrating to the United States through the implementation of a constructivist grounded theory methodology. The theory illustrates the process in three phases: Arriving to a new country, Integrating new values, and Maintaining values. Through these phases the constant interaction between cultures and its influence in family dynamics is illustrated. More specifically, this theory suggests immigrant families are open to include elements of the new culture encountered while keeping elements of their native culture present once their basic necessities are met. The sample of the study consisted of 16 parents. These parents incorporated the English language, granted greater freedom to their children, became more involved with the school system, included American traditions in their celebrations, and altered their discipline methods based on their interaction with the new culture. Additionally, parents maintained the value of respect, the Spanish language, fostered family cohesion, and instilled their spiritual beliefs to their children. (Author abstract)
Hispanics; acculturation; cultural differences; cultural factors; parenting skills; child rearing; parent child relationships; social values; children of immigrants; discipline; religion