Mexican American fathers' occupational conditions: Links to family members' psychological adjustment

Ann C. Crouter, Kelly D. Davis, Kimberly Updegraff, Melissa Delgado, Melissa Fortner

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Abstract

To examine the implications of fathers' occupational conditions (i.e., income, work hours, shift work, pressure, workplace racism, and underemployment) for family members' psychological adjustment, home interviews were conducted with fathers, mothers, and two adolescent offspring in each of 218 Mexican American families. Results underscored the importance of acculturation as a moderator. Fathers' income was negatively associated with depressive symptoms in highly acculturated families but not in less acculturated families. In contrast, fathers' reports of workplace racism were positively associated with depressive symptoms in less acculturated families but not in more acculturated family contexts. These findings were consistent across all 4 family members, suggesting that the "long arm" of the jobs held by Mexican American fathers extends to mothers and adolescent offspring.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)843-858
Number of pages16
JournalJournal of Marriage and Family
Volume68
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Nov 1 2006

Keywords

  • Adolescents
  • Fathers
  • Mexican American families
  • Occupational stressors
  • Work and family

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Anthropology
  • Arts and Humanities (miscellaneous)
  • Social Sciences (miscellaneous)

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