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Adolescence and BeyondFamily Processes and Development$
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Patricia K. Kerig, Marc S. Schulz, and Stuart T. Hauser

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780199736546

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199736546.001.0001

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Resilience and Vulnerability of Mexican Origin Youth and Their Families

Resilience and Vulnerability of Mexican Origin Youth and Their Families

A Test of a Culturally Informed Model of Family Economic Stress

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(p.268) 12 Resilience and Vulnerability of Mexican Origin Youth and Their Families
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Adolescence and Beyond
Author(s):

Rand D. Conger

Hairong Song

Gary D. Stockdale

Emilio Ferrer

Keith F. Widaman

Ana M. Cauce

Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199736546.003.0017

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

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