• Journal Article

Views on parent–child connectedness among English- and Spanish-speaking parents of high-risk youth

Citation

Scarborough, M., Kulkarni, S., Lewis, C. M., Palen, L-A., Wade, E., & Pierce, A. (2011). Views on parent–child connectedness among English- and Spanish-speaking parents of high-risk youth. Journal of Family Social Work, 14(5), 407-428. DOI: 10.1080/10522158.2011.616480

Abstract

This study highlights findings from focus groups on parent–child connectedness conducted with English- and Spanish-speaking parents of high-risk youth in the southern United States. The primary aim of the study was to extend research on parent–child connectedness, a broad protective factor for adolescent risk behavior. In addition to describing strategies and obstacles for enhancing closeness between parents and children, parents in Spanish-speaking focus groups also raised issues related to immigration, acculturation, and bicultural stress. Findings provide valuable insights for practitioners and policymakers seeking to improve parent–child connectedness and reduce adolescent risk behavior, with special insight about Mexican-origin, Spanish-speaking families.