Predictors of perceived fairness among Latinx adolescents

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Puja Patel (Creator)
The University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG )
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Gabriela Stein

Abstract: While most research in Latinx populations has documented that endorsing filial obligation values predicts better psychosocial outcomes, some studies have also found potential negative ramifications of the fulfillment of high levels of filial obligations, including worse academic performance and psychological maladjustment (e.g., higher depressive symptoms) (Fuligni et al., 1999). These contradictory findings may be due to the role of perceived fairness of these obligations such that filial responsibility may only lead to positive outcomes when the youth perceives the responsibility to be fair and reciprocated, but it may lead to worse outcomes when perceived to be unfair (Kuperminc et al., 2013). Despite this vital role of perceived fairness, little is known about what contributes to the perceived fairness of filial obligations. The present study examined factors nested within the acculturative process (i.e., behavioral practices, values, identity, and acculturation gap) as predictors of perceived unfairness related to familial obligations among Latinx adolescents. Results indicate that the endorsement of mainstream cultural practices and values as well as greater acculturation gap conflict are all associated with higher perceptions of unfairness. Future studies would benefit from considering the acculturative context of the sample and focusing on familial dynamics to better understand perceptions of unfairness and its impacts on psychological outcomes.

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Language: English
Date: 2020
Acculturation, Acculturation Gap Conflict, Latinx Adolescents, Perceived Fairness
Hispanic American teenagers $x Family relationships
Hispanic American teenagers $x Psychology
Hispanic Americans $x Cultural assimilation
Hispanic American families

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