Couples' Cultural Values, Shared Parenting, and Family Emotional Climate Within Mexican American Families

Marcela Sotomayor-Peterson, Aurelio J. Figueredo, Donna H. Christensen, Angela R. Taylor

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This study tested a model of shared parenting as its centerpiece that incorporates cultural values as predictors and family emotional climate as the outcome variable of interest. We aimed to assess the predictive power of the Mexican cultural values of familismo and simpatia over couples' shared parenting practices. We anticipated that higher levels of shared parenting would predict family emotional climate. The participants were 61 Mexican American, low income couples, with at least one child between 3 and 4 years of age, recruited from a home-based Head Start program. The predictive model demonstrated excellent goodness of fit, supporting the hypothesis that a positive emotional climate within the family is fostered when Mexican American couples practice a sufficient level of shared parenting. Empirical evidence was previously scarce on this proposition. The findings also provide evidence for the role of cultural values, highlighting the importance of family solidarity and avoidance of confrontation as a pathway to shared parenting within Mexican American couples.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)218-233
Number of pages16
JournalFamily Process
Issue number2
StatePublished - Jun 2012


  • Crianza compartida
  • Expresividad emocional familiar
  • Family emotion expressiveness
  • Mexican cultural values
  • Shared parenting
  • Valores culturales Mexicanos

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Psychology
  • Clinical Psychology
  • Social Sciences (miscellaneous)


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