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J Early Adolesc. 2009 Feb;29(1):16-42.

Familism Values as a Protective Factor for Mexican-origin Adolescents Exposed to Deviant Peers.

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Miguelina Germán, Department of Psychology, Arizona State University; Nancy A. Gonzales, Department of Psychology, Arizona State University; Larry Dumka, Department of Family and Human Development, Arizona State University.


This study examined interactive relations between adolescent, maternal and paternal familism values and deviant peer affiliations in predicting adolescent externalizing problems within low-income, Mexican-origin families (N = 598). Adolescent, maternal and paternal familism values interacted protectively with deviant peer affiliations to predict lower levels of externalizing problems according to two independent teacher reports. These relations were not found with parent reports of adolescent externalizing problems although these models showed a direct, protective effect of maternal familism values. Consistent with the view that traditional cultural values are protective for Latino adolescents, these results suggest that supporting familism values among Mexican-origin groups is a useful avenue for improving adolescent conduct problems, particularly in a school context.

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