Different Contexts, Different Outcomes: Early Childhood Parenting Context for Latina Mothers Vulnerable to Child Welfare Involvement
This work was supported in part by the University of Denver Latino Center for Community Engagement and Scholarship and the Council of Social Work Education SAMHSA Minority Fellowship Program under Grant number [5T065MO60560].
Child & Youth Services
Research on factors affecting parenting for Latino families with young children is predominately reported using the aggregate category, “Hispanic” which obfuscates the unique contexts and challenges of specific ethnic/racial groups. Aggregate reporting of results obscures the unique social, cultural and historical experiences that inform parenting behaviors of historically marginalized families. This paper explores within group differences for Mexican and Puerto Rican mothers vulnerable to child welfare involvement.
Data were drawn from the National Survey on Child and Adolescent Well-being II—Restricted Release (NSCAW-II), a nationally representative sample of child welfare involved families.
Puerto Rican mothers were found to have significantly higher rates of risk factors (e.g., unemployment, depression, and IPV) compared to Mexican mothers.
Results from this study illuminate within-group heterogeneity among Latina mothers related to their vulnerabilities to child welfare involvement. Attention to heterogeneity of Hispanic mothers allow for more refined assessments and interventions.
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Rodriguez-JenKins, J., & Ortega, D. M. (2020). Different Contexts, Different Outcomes: Early Childhood Parenting Context for Latina Mothers Vulnerable to Child Welfare Involvement. Child & Youth Services, 1–21. https://doi.org/10.1080/0145935X.2020.1792770