Familism Through a Developmental Lens

UNCG Author/Contributor (non-UNCG co-authors, if there are any, appear on document)
Alexandra M. Cupito (Creator)
Nadia Huq (Creator)
Julia Mendez, Professor (Creator)
Juan I. Prandoni (Creator)
Gabriela L. Stein, Associate Professor (Creator)
Diana Westerberg (Creator)
The University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG )
Web Site: http://library.uncg.edu/

Abstract: This article reviews an emerging literature examining the effects of familism across childhood and adolescence. Familism has been described as a Latino cultural value that emphasizes obligation, filial piety, family support and obedience, and its effects have been documented as primarily protective across childhood and adolescence. This review seeks to organize and critique existing research using a developmental science framework. Key tenets of this perspective that are highlighted in the review are close consideration of how familism develops within an individual across time, manifests itself at different points in development, and impacts child, adolescent, and family functioning. Forty-four articles were examined and categorized with results showing that the protective influence of familism is most evident during the period of adolescence. Consideration of expressions of familism and the impact of familism on outcomes during earlier and later periods of development is offered as a recommendation for deriving a more complete understanding of the function of familism in Latino families.

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Journal of Latina/o Psychology, 2(4) 224–250
Language: English
Date: 2014
familism, developmental science

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