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Youths' imitation and de-identification from parents: a process associated with parent-youth cultural incongruence in Mexican-American families.
J Youth Adolesc. 2014 Dec; 43(12):2028-40.JY

Abstract

Cultural adaptation and parent-youth cultural incongruence have strong implications for individuals' social adaptation and family dynamics. This study highlighted adolescents' active role in parent-youth cultural incongruence through their decision to imitate or de-identify from parents, parent-youth warmth, and demographic similarities. Longitudinal data, spanning 8 years, from 246 Mexican-American families (mothers, fathers, and an early adolescent child), were used to address two study goals. The first goal was to link parent-youth relationship qualities and demographic similarities (i.e., gender, immigration status) at Wave 1 to adolescents' imitation and de-identification from parents at Wave 2. Findings revealed that adolescents who reported more parent-youth warmth reported more imitation and less de-identification. Also, adolescents who belonged to U.S.-raised dyads reported less de-identification. The second goal tested adolescents' reports of imitation and de-identification as predictors of parent-youth cultural incongruence in Mexican and Anglo cultural orientations at Wave 3. Results indicated that more imitation was associated with less mother-youth Anglo incongruence and that more de-identification was associated with more father-youth Anglo and Mexican incongruence. The unique relationship dynamics of mother-youth and father-youth dyads and the implications for intervention programming focused on reducing cultural incongruence and increasing family cohesion are discussed.

Authors+Show Affiliations

School of Social and Family Dynamics, Arizona State University, PO Box 873701, Tempe, AZ, 85287-3701, USA, nperezbr@asu.edu.No affiliation info availableNo affiliation info available

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Journal Article
Research Support, N.I.H., Extramural
Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

Language

eng

PubMed ID

24531867

Citation

Perez-Brena, Norma J., et al. "Youths' Imitation and De-identification From Parents: a Process Associated With Parent-youth Cultural Incongruence in Mexican-American Families." Journal of Youth and Adolescence, vol. 43, no. 12, 2014, pp. 2028-40.
Perez-Brena NJ, Updegraff KA, Umaña-Taylor AJ. Youths' imitation and de-identification from parents: a process associated with parent-youth cultural incongruence in Mexican-American families. J Youth Adolesc. 2014;43(12):2028-40.
Perez-Brena, N. J., Updegraff, K. A., & Umaña-Taylor, A. J. (2014). Youths' imitation and de-identification from parents: a process associated with parent-youth cultural incongruence in Mexican-American families. Journal of Youth and Adolescence, 43(12), 2028-40. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10964-014-0101-3
Perez-Brena NJ, Updegraff KA, Umaña-Taylor AJ. Youths' Imitation and De-identification From Parents: a Process Associated With Parent-youth Cultural Incongruence in Mexican-American Families. J Youth Adolesc. 2014;43(12):2028-40. PubMed PMID: 24531867.
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TY - JOUR T1 - Youths' imitation and de-identification from parents: a process associated with parent-youth cultural incongruence in Mexican-American families. AU - Perez-Brena,Norma J, AU - Updegraff,Kimberly A, AU - Umaña-Taylor,Adriana J, Y1 - 2014/02/15/ PY - 2013/11/06/received PY - 2014/01/27/accepted PY - 2014/2/18/entrez PY - 2014/2/18/pubmed PY - 2015/7/15/medline SP - 2028 EP - 40 JF - Journal of youth and adolescence JO - J Youth Adolesc VL - 43 IS - 12 N2 - Cultural adaptation and parent-youth cultural incongruence have strong implications for individuals' social adaptation and family dynamics. This study highlighted adolescents' active role in parent-youth cultural incongruence through their decision to imitate or de-identify from parents, parent-youth warmth, and demographic similarities. Longitudinal data, spanning 8 years, from 246 Mexican-American families (mothers, fathers, and an early adolescent child), were used to address two study goals. The first goal was to link parent-youth relationship qualities and demographic similarities (i.e., gender, immigration status) at Wave 1 to adolescents' imitation and de-identification from parents at Wave 2. Findings revealed that adolescents who reported more parent-youth warmth reported more imitation and less de-identification. Also, adolescents who belonged to U.S.-raised dyads reported less de-identification. The second goal tested adolescents' reports of imitation and de-identification as predictors of parent-youth cultural incongruence in Mexican and Anglo cultural orientations at Wave 3. Results indicated that more imitation was associated with less mother-youth Anglo incongruence and that more de-identification was associated with more father-youth Anglo and Mexican incongruence. The unique relationship dynamics of mother-youth and father-youth dyads and the implications for intervention programming focused on reducing cultural incongruence and increasing family cohesion are discussed. SN - 1573-6601 UR - https://www.unboundmedicine.com/medline/citation/24531867/Youths'_imitation_and_de_identification_from_parents:_a_process_associated_with_parent_youth_cultural_incongruence_in_Mexican_American_families_ L2 - https://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s10964-014-0101-3 DB - PRIME DP - Unbound Medicine ER -