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Fam Process. 2011 Mar;50(1):77-91. doi: 10.1111/j.1545-5300.2010.01347.x.

Family structure and family processes in Mexican-American families.

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School of Social and Family Dynamics, Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ 85287, USA. katharine.zeiders@asu.edu

Abstract

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.

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21361925
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PMC3077030
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10.1111/j.1545-5300.2010.01347.x
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