A Latent Profile Analysis of Latino Parenting: The Infusion of Cultural Values on Family Conflict.
Ayón, Cecilia. Williams, Lela Rankin. Marsiglia, Flavio F. Ayers, Stephanie. Kiehne, Elizabeth.
Published: July-September 2015
Families in Society: The Journal of Contemporary Social Services
Vol. 96, No. 3 , p. 203-210
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The purpose of the present study was to (a) examine how acculturation and social support inform Latinos' parenting behaviors, controlling for gender and education; (b) describe parenting styles among Latino immigrants while accounting for cultural elements; and (c) test how these parenting styles are associated with family conflict. A 3 step latent profile analysis with the sample (N = 489) revealed best fit with a 4 profile model (n = 410) of parenting: family parenting (n = 268, 65%), child-centered parenting (n = 68, 17%), moderate parenting (n = 60, 15%), and disciplinarian parenting (n = 14, 3%). Parents' gender, acculturation, and social support significantly predicted profile membership. Disciplinarian and moderate parenting were associated with more family conflict. Recommendations include integrating culturally based parenting practices as a critical element to family interventions to minimize conflict and promote positive youth development. (Author abstract)
acculturation; Hispanics; parenting skills; parent child relationships; child rearing; children of immigrants; parent education; cultural competency