This research study examined the relationships between parent and male adolescent dynamics on adolescent delinquency in the context of disparate acculturation experiences. A model was proposed in which the differences between Hispanic parent and adolescent levels of biculturalism (the integration of the original and host cultures) would predict adolescent delinquency. This proposed link would be mediated by the parents' ability to establish discipline and emotional bonding with the adolescent. A sample of 120 Hispanic adolescent-parent pairs completed self-report instruments. Path analysis was used to test the model. Only the mediator variable of parent-adolescent bonding and the control variable of peer delinquency significantly predicted adolescent delinquency. Parent-adolescent biculturalism disparity did not predict adolescent delinquency either directly or indirectly. Thus, the model was only partially supported. The recommendations for Hispanic families and counselors are to focus on promoting the parent-child bond and positive peer influence through culturally congruent prevention and family counseling interventions. It is recommended to test this model with a larger sample, redefined study variables, and key community leaders for data collection.
|Advisor:||Marotta, Sylvia A.|
|Commitee:||Blake, Susan, Choi, Jaehwa, Echeverry, John J., Lorente, Carolyn, Schwallie-Giddis, Pat|
|School:||The George Washington University|
|School Location:||United States -- District of Columbia|
|Source:||DAI-A 69/07, Dissertation Abstracts International|
|Subjects:||Behaviorial sciences, Social work, Academic guidance counseling, Criminology, Hispanic Americans|
|Keywords:||Acculturation, Biculturalism disparity, Boys, Counseling, Family, Gap, Juvenile delinquency, Latino, Parent-adolescent bonding, Prevention|
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