Exploring Culturally Based Intrafamilial Stressors among Latino Adolescents
Family Relations: Interdisciplinary Journal of Applied Family Studies (December 2014)
In an exploratory qualitative study New Connections network member David Córdova, PhD, and colleagues, used a grounded theory approach to uncover the effects of acculturative differences on the parent-adolescent dyad that may affect Latino youth development. Specifically, this study expands the knowledge of parent-child cultural discrepancies among Latinos by observing how acculturation influences intrafamilial stressors when Latino youth are more acculturated than their parents in the host culture. Based on findings from 25 focus groups with Latino adolescents, ages 11 to 19, the researchers identified five categories of parent-adolescent acculturation discrepancies: (1) language brokering, (2) parent mistrust of the English language, (3) differences in cultural values, (4) overprotective parenting, and (5) gender-role inequities. Understanding these effects can aid in developing culturally specific preventive interventions, including the development of the youth version of the Hispanic Stress Inventory-Adolescent.