Parental socialization profiles in mexican-origin families: Considering cultural socialization and general parenting practices

Su Yeong Kim, Shanting Chen, Yang Hou, Katharine H. Zeiders, Esther J. Calzada

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Abstract

Objectives: Recognizing that immigrant parents socialize their children in specific ways, the current study examines Mexican-origin families' parental socialization profiles using both parental cultural socialization and general parenting dimensions. We seek to understand how these dimensions interact to form culturally grounded parental socialization profiles in a sample of Mexican-origin parents and adolescents. Method: There were 604 adolescents, 595 mothers, and 293 fathers within Mexican-origin families self-reporting on 2 cultural socialization dimensions (respeto, independence) and 4 general parenting dimensions (warmth, hostility, monitoring, reasoning). Adolescent outcomes were assessed 1 year later. Results: Latent profile analysis revealed eight parental socialization profiles representing distinct combinations of cultural socialization and parenting dimensions. Relative to other profiles, the Integrative-Authoritative profile (high on socialization toward respeto and independence; high on warmth, monitoring, and reasoning; and relatively low on hostility) was the most common parenting pattern and was also associated with more optimal adolescent outcomes. Conclusion: Examining cultural socialization alongside general parenting dimensions can better capture parental socialization strategies among Mexican-origin parents. The various parental socialization profiles that characterize Mexican-origin parents have important implications for adolescent outcomes.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)439-450
Number of pages12
JournalCultural Diversity and Ethnic Minority Psychology
Volume25
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Jul 2019

Keywords

  • Adolescent adjustment
  • Cultural socialization
  • Mexican-origin parents
  • Parenting practices
  • Parenting profiles

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Psychology
  • Sociology and Political Science

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