Parenting practices among Dominican and Puerto Rican mothers

Vincent Guilamo-Ramos, Patricia Dittus, James Jaccard, Margaret Johansson, Alida Bouris, Neifi Acosta

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This study presents descriptive qualitative data about Latino parenting practices in an urban context. Focus groups were conducted with Dominican and Puerto Rican mother-adolescent pairs in the Bronx borough of New York City. When parenting style typologies are integrated with the Latino cultural components familismo, respeto, personalismo, and simpatía, Latino parenting practices and their underlying styles are better understood. Content analysis of parents' focus groups revealed five essential Latino parenting practices: (1) ensuring close monitoring of adolescents; (2) maintaining warm and supportive relationships characterized by high levels of parent-adolescent interaction and sharing; (3) explaining parental decisions and actions; (4) making an effort to build and improve relationships; and (5) differential parenting practices based on adolescents' gender. Mothers reported concerns related to the risks associated with living in an urban area, exposure to different cultural values, and opportunities for engaging in risky behaviors. Adolescents' recommendations for effective parenting strategies were similar to the practices reported by their mothers.The study has important applied implications for culturally competent social work practice with Latino adolescents and their families.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)17-30
Number of pages14
JournalSocial Work
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 2007


  • Adolescents
  • Latino families
  • Parenting practices
  • Urban

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Sociology and Political Science


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