Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Latina single mothers: Perspectives on parenting
by Aguilar, Michelle, M.S.W., California State University, Long Beach, 2010, 96; 1486536
Abstract (Summary)

This study provides insight on child rearing practices from the perspectives of Latina single mothers. By analyzing factors such as culture, stressors, coping and its effects on parenting style, this study explores various elements that encompass being a minority single mother. A total of 12 Latina women who are single mothers were interviewed. The interview guide addressed 4 categories that were used to identify traits that are unique to Latina mothers and their parenting style. These categories consisted of the following: (a) demographic information of the participant, (b) family background, (c) perceived stressors and coping ability, and (d) parenting styles. The data analyzed were gathered, recorded and reviewed for common themes and patterns.

The results of the study indicated several outcomes; Latina single mothers value the importance of culture and how it continues to influence their parenting style, parenting is impacted by stress and the need to overcompensate, and the effects on the participant and the children created by the parenting style.

Implications of this study indicate the importance of culturally diverse services and the impact it may for provide for the social work field.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Green, Yolanda
School: California State University, Long Beach
School Location: United States -- California
Source: MAI 49/01M, Masters Abstracts International
Subjects: Social work
Publication Number: 1486536
ISBN: 978-1-124-25117-2
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