Parenting Across Two Worlds: Low-Income Latina Immigrants' Adaption To Motherhood In The United States.
Vesely, Colleen K.
Published: April 2019
Journal of Family Issues
Vol. 40, No. 6 , p. 711-738
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This study explored how low-income documented and undocumented Latina immigrant mothers negotiate motherhood and adapt to life in new cultural and structural contexts. Grounded in ecocultural theory, we analyzed data from 21 in-depth interviews with Latina immigrant mothers to surface how their experiences of motherhood in the United States were shaped by their country of origin experiences and their situatedness in the United States. We documented emergent tensions related to their immigration context, often driven by changes in their legal status as they crossed borders, changes in family and community supports, and differing cultural expectations of their gendered roles as caregivers and family members. These tensions forced mothers to renegotiate and adjust their perceptions, identities, and roles as women, mothers, partners, and members of larger, often transnational kin and community networks. Implications of these tensions and identity and role shifts in the context of immigrant family life in the United States are discussed. (Author abstract)
undocumented immigrants; children of immigrants; low income families; mother child relationships; parenting skills; Hispanics