Promoting Mexican Immigrant Families' Well-Being: Learning From Parents What Is Needed to Have a Strong Family.
Ayón, Cecilia. Villa, Annia Quiroz.
Published: July-September 2013
Families in Society: The Journal of Contemporary Social Services
Vol. 94, No. 3 , p. 194-202
Alliance for Children and Families
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This study explored factors that Mexican immigrant parents deem necessary to promote the well-being of their families. Mexican immigrant parents participated in focus groups following the passage of SB1070 in Arizona. Findings revealed four interrelated constructs that parents aim for to strengthen their families: family norms and practices; transmitting Latino culture; work and education; and goals and motivation. Participants' responses broaden and contextualize our understanding of Mexican immigrants' family norms. In light of anti-immigrant policies and sentiment, participants stressed maintaining/transmitting their culture, including the Spanish language, to promote their children's ethnic identity development; they also stated that parents' internal drive is crucial to promoting their families' well-being. Opportunities to ground interventions on Mexican family strengths are discussed. (Author abstract)
Mexican Americans; Immigrants; Parent child relationships; Child rearing; Cultural differences; well being; family relationships