Partner effects of Mexican cultural values: The couple and parenting relationships

Jeong Jin Yu, Ana A. Lucero-Liu, Wendy C. Gamble, Angela R. Taylor, Donna Hendrickson Christensen, Kerri L. Modry-Mandell

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Abstract

In this investigation, the authors explored the impact of individuals' cultural values on their partners' relationship adjustment and perceptions of their parenting relationship. The authors examined Mexican cultural values of simpatía (i.e., harmonious interpersonal relationships) and respeto (i.e., respect for authority figures) using a sample of 50 Mexican-origin couples in southern Arizona. Congruent with their hypotheses, results supported the proposition that fathers' simpatía is positively associated with both relationship adjustment and the parenting relationship as reported by mothers, whereas fathers' respeto is negatively associated with both relationship adjustment and the parenting relationship as reported by mothers. However, the authors found little evidence of a contribution of mothers' cultural values to fathers' perceptions of either relationship adjustment or the parenting relationship. They interpret these findings to suggest that mothers' relationship adjustment and parenting relationship are more sensitive to and dependent on fathers' degree of traditional cultural values among Mexican-origin families.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)169-192
Number of pages24
JournalJournal of Psychology: Interdisciplinary and Applied
Volume142
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Mar 1 2008

Keywords

  • Mexican cultural values
  • Parenting relationship
  • Relationship adjustment
  • Respeto
  • Simpatí

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Business, Management and Accounting (miscellaneous)
  • Education
  • Psychology(all)

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