Observed Parenting Practices of First-Generation Latino Families
Journal of Community Psychology
This study used an established behavioral observation methodology to examine the parenting practices of first-generation Latino parents of children 4 to 9 years of age. The study had three central aims, to examine: (1) the feasibility of using a behavioral observation methodology with Spanish-speaking immigrant families, (2) the utility of the Parent Peer Process Code (PPPC; Forgatch, Knutson, & Mayne, 1992) for coding parentñchild interactions, and (3) the relationship between observed parenting practices, as coded with the PPPC, and child outcomes. Families consisted of 48 fathers, 49 mothers, and 50 children. Families participated in cooperative, problem-solving, and skillsbuilding tasks. The authors coded in five broad categories: problem solving, skills building, positive involvement, effective discipline, and monitoring. Findings show that the behavioral observation methodology is feasible to use with Spanish-speaking immigrant families, that the PPPC is useful in understanding parentñchild interactions, and that the coded parentñchild interactions predict differential child outcomes. This information can help inform the development or adaptation of culturally sensitive parenting interventions to this underserved population.
Domenech Rodríguez, M., Davis, M. R., Rodríguez, J., & Bates, S.C. (2006). Observed parenting practices of first-generation Latino families. Journal of Community Psychology, 34, 133-148.