Family Profiles of Cohesion and Parenting Practices and Latino Youth Adjustment

Mayra Y. Bámaca-Colbert, Melinda Gonzales-Backen, Carolyn S. Henry, Peter S.Y. Kim, Martha Zapata Roblyer, Scott W. Plunkett, Tovah Sands

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Using a sample of 279 (52% female) Latino youth in 9th grade (M = 14.57, SD =.56), we examined profiles of family cohesion and parenting practices and their relation to youth adjustment. The results of latent profile analyses revealed four family profiles: Engaged, Supportive, Intrusive, and Disengaged. Latino youth in the Supportive family profile showed most positive adjustment (highest self-esteem and lowest depressive symptoms), followed by youth in the Engaged family profile. Youth in the Intrusive and Disengaged profiles showed the lowest levels of positive adjustment. The findings contribute to the current literature on family dynamics, family profiles, and youth psychological adjustment within specific ethnic groups.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)719-736
Number of pages18
JournalFamily Process
Issue number3
StatePublished - Sep 2018

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Social Psychology
  • Clinical Psychology
  • Social Sciences (miscellaneous)


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