Familism in context: a multisystemic exploration of predictors

UNCG Author/Contributor (non-UNCG co-authors, if there are any, appear on document)
Juan Prandoni (Creator)
The University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG )
Web Site: http://library.uncg.edu/
Gabriela Stein

Abstract: Familism has been consistently considered the most protective value for recently immigrated Latino families in the U.S. (Rodriguez, Mira, Paez, & Myers, 2007). However, the literature remains mixed regarding the degree to which familism is endorsed by acculturating Latino adolescents and little is known about what predicts familism endorsement among these populations. More specifically, past work has not established how context, owing to varying life experiences, influences the endorsement of familism. Therefore, the present study employed a bioecological model of human development to examine how experiences within the individual, school, and family contexts affect the endorsement of familism values in a sample of 179 Latino adolescents. The results show that the variables assessed within the individual and family bioecological contexts held the overall greatest predictive value on the endorsement of familism, but the school context did not prove to be a significant predictor. Across the entire model, ethnic identity (i.e., private regard and centrality) and parent-child warmth and support displayed consistently significant positive associations with the endorsement of familism. Implications for practice as well as school policies are discussed in light of these results.

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Language: English
Date: 2015
Acculturation, Adolescents, Bioecological, Context, Familism, Latino
Hispanic American youth $z North Carolina $x Social conditions
Hispanic American youth $x Family relationships $z North Carolina
Hispanic American youth $x Cultural assimilation $z North Carolina
Hispanic American youth $z North Carolina $x Ethnic identity
Immigrants $z North Carolina $x Social conditions

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