Title

Parenting Practices Among First Generation Spanish-Speaking Latino Families: A Spanish Version of the Alabama Parenting Questionnaire

Document Type

Article

Journal/Book Title/Conference

Graduate Student Journal of Psychology

Volume

10

Publisher

Department of Counseling & Clinical Psychology at Columbia University

Publication Date

2008

First Page

52

Last Page

63

Abstract

The present study examined the applicability of the Alabama Parenting Questionnaire to a Spanishspeaking Latino population. Results of the reliability and concurrent validity testing suggest that the Alabama Parenting Questionnaire may be a valuable tool for use with Spanish-speaking Latino families. The Alabama Parenting Questionnaire in Spanish assessed parenting practices among 50 first-generation Spanish-speaking Latino families of primarily Mexican origin with a child between 4 and 9 years of age (n = 96 parents, n = 50 children). Mothers and fathers completed questionnaires in Spanish to assess parent and child behaviors. Results show that over 80% of parents included in the sample endorsed high levels of monitoring; they also reported using physical affection as a way to praise their child and frequent engagement in conversation with their children about school activities. Few parents used time-out or ignoring as methods of discipline, and very few reported using corporal punishment. Parental involvement, positive parenting, and monitoring significantly predicted externalizing and total behavioral problems among Latino children.

Comments

Originally published by the Department of Counseling & Clinical Psychology at Columbia University. Publisher's PDF available through remote link.