Master's Theses

Date of Award

Fall 1997

Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)

Department

Psychology

Advisor

Kenneth Olson

Abstract

Current research on adolescent Hispanic-Americans deals mostly with delinquency, drug and alcohol abuse, and teenage pregnancy. There is little, if any, information about adolescent Hispanic-American typical development. The purpose of this study was to provide a baseline of Hispanic mothers’ perceptions, focusing on five categories of questions: parenting style, acculturation, gender roles, adolescent’s behavior, and future goals and expectations. Perceptions of mothers having adolescent males were compared to the perceptions of mothers having adolescent females in the five clusters of questions in order to examine gender differences in the mothers’ responses. The study did not find gender differences in the responses made by the mothers in four of the five categories of questions. Acculturation and/or assimilation were examined in relation to the other four categories and were found to have a significant positive relationship with parenting style and future goals and expectations. Post hoc analysis revealed significant differences in the parenting style and gender roles categories based on the mother’s education.

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Copyright 1997 Sylvia I. Maack

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