Family Structure and Family Processes in Mexican-American Families

Katharine H. Zeiders, Mark W. Roosa, Jenn Yun Tein

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Despite increases in single-parent families among Mexican Americans, few studies have examined the association of family structure and family adjustment. Utilizing a diverse sample of 738 Mexican-American families (21.7% single parent), the current study examined differences across family structure on early adolescent outcomes, family functioning, and parent-child relationship variables. Results revealed that early adolescents in single-parent families reported greater school misconduct, conduct disorder/oppositional deviant disorder, and major depressive disorder symptoms, and greater parent-child conflict than their counterparts in 2-parent families. Single-parent mothers reported greater economic hardship, depression, and family stress. Family stress and parent-child conflict emerged as significant mediators of the association between family structure and early adolescent outcomes, suggesting important processes linking Mexican-American single-parent families and adolescent adjustment. 2011

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)77-91
Number of pages15
JournalFamily Process
Issue number1
StatePublished - Mar 2011
Externally publishedYes


  • Adolescent Adjustment
  • Mexican Americans
  • Single-Parent Families

ASJC Scopus subject areas

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


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