PARENTAL KNOWLEDGE PROCESSES IN MEXICAN AMERICAN FAMILIES

Open Access
Author:
Blocklin, Michelle Kerrie
Graduate Program:
Human Development and Family Studies
Degree:
Master of Science
Document Type:
Master Thesis
Date of Defense:
October 13, 2008
Committee Members:
  • Ann Caverly Crouter, Thesis Advisor
Keywords:
  • parental knowledge
  • mexican american
Abstract:
To examine correlates of parental knowledge and sources of knowledge in Mexican American families, home and phone interviews were conducted with mothers, fathers, and their seventh-grade adolescents in 246 Mexican American families. Correlation and regression analyses were conducted separately for mothers and fathers and indicated that parent-adolescent relationship quality was associated with greater parental knowledge for both parents. Parent-adolescent relationship quality and parental acculturation were also associated with the use of different sources of knowledge. Few associations emerged linking sources of knowledge to daily parental knowledge. However, given the links between parental knowledge and adolescent outcomes demonstrated in previous research, these findings have implications for interventions aimed at improving the well-being of Mexican American adolescents.