Implications of Mexican-Origin Youth’s Work Experiences for Relationships With Fathers

Xiaoran Sun, Susan M. McHale, Kimberly A. Updegraff, Adriana J. Uma˜na-Taylor

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Objective: To illuminate family implications of youth’s work, we examined longitudinal links between the work experiences of Mexican-origin youth in late adolescence and young adulthood and father-youth relationships. Method: Using data from 187 Mexican-origin youth and their employed fathers, we tested youth’s (52.4% female; Mage = 19.64, SD = 1.78) work hours and workplace discrimination as predictors of paternal acceptance two years later (Time 1 paternal acceptance controlled), and tested moderation by youth gender and maternal employment. Results: Multivariate multilevel models revealed a curvilinear association between youth workplace discrimination and father-reported acceptance. Moderation effects of youth gender and mother employment in linear links between youth work experiences and youth-reported acceptance also emerged. Work hours were stronger negative predictors of paternal acceptance for sons than daughters and youth with employed compared to nonemployed mothers. Workplace discrimination was a positive predictor of paternal acceptance of daughters but not sons.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)796-807
Number of pages12
JournalCultural Diversity and Ethnic Minority Psychology
Issue number4
StatePublished - 2021

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Social Psychology
  • Sociology and Political Science


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