Resilience and Vulnerability of Mexican Origin Youth and Their Families

Rand D. Conger, Hairong Song, Gary D. Stockdale, Emilio Ferrer, Keith F. Widaman and Ana M. Cauce

in Adolescence and Beyond

Published in print January 2012 | ISBN: 9780199736546
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199932443 | DOI:
Resilience and Vulnerability of Mexican Origin Youth and Their Families

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This chapter presents an important extension of the family system model for understanding risk and resilience in adolescent development by considering the unique cultural and economic context of Mexican-origin families. In their model, the authors studied the interplay of economic stress, interparental conflict, and parent-child relations as they affect child competence. The authors add to their well-replicated family stress model considerations that are specific to Mexican-origin families in the United States, including the common experiences of poverty, residence in high-risk neighborhoods, and exposure to racial discrimination. At each stage of the model, these culture-specific factors act as potentiators of the processes by which economic strain leads to disruptions in parent's emotional functioning, increases in interparental conflict, negative parenting, and less competent youth development.

Keywords: family system model; adolescent development; Mexican-origin families; economic stress; interparental conflict; parent-child relations; child competence; parenting

Chapter.  8619 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Developmental Psychology

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