Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

The effects of Hispanic parent-adolescent biculturalism disparity on male adolescent delinquency
by Bermudez, Diana, Ph.D., The George Washington University, 2008, 144; 3315937
Abstract (Summary)

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.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Marotta, Sylvia A.
Commitee: Blake, Susan, Choi, Jaehwa, Echeverry, John J., Lorente, Carolyn, Schwallie-Giddis, Pat
School: The George Washington University
Department: Counseling
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
Publication Number: 3315937
ISBN: 978-0-549-67862-5
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