Parenting behaviors (e.g., high psychological control, low warmth/acceptance) have consistently been associated with increased risk of youth anxiety and other internalizing symptoms. However, these associations are based on research with predominately non-Hispanic White (NHW) populations. It is unclear whether extant findings generalize to Latino families, as research with Latino samples have yielded inconsistent results. Inconsistencies may be due to cultural differences in parenting norms, which can be influenced by level of acculturation. The present study examined maternal parenting behaviors in 67 mother-child dyads including Latina (n = 26, 38.8%) and NHW (n = 41, 61.2%) mothers and their children (7 to 17 years) and their links to youth internalizing symptoms, and explored the moderating effects of ethnicity and acculturation on these links. Parenting behaviors were measured by both youth report and observer rating. Notable findings showed that ethnicity and acculturation moderated the association between warmth/acceptance and youth somatic symptoms. Findings implicate group-specific risk factors for anxiety.
|Commitee:||Correa-Chávez, Maricela, Sterling, Lindsey|
|School:||California State University, Long Beach|
|School Location:||United States -- California|
|Source:||MAI 58/05M(E), Masters Abstracts International|
|Subjects:||Behavioral psychology, Developmental psychology, Clinical psychology, Individual & family studies|
|Keywords:||Acculturation, Anxiety, Cross-cultural, Internalizing symptoms, Parenting behaviors, Youth|
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