Parental Modeling and Deidentification in Romantic Relationships Among Mexican-Origin Youth

Sally I.Chun Kuo, Lorey A. Wheeler, Kimberly A. Updegraff, Susan M. McHale, Adriana J. Umaña-Taylor, Norma J. Perez-Brena

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This study investigated youth's modeling of and deidentification from parents in romantic relationships using two phases of data from adolescent siblings, mothers, and fathers in 246 Mexican-origin families. Each parent reported his and her marital satisfaction and conflict, and youth reported on parent–adolescent warmth and conflict at Time 1. Youth's reports of modeling of and deidentification from their mothers and fathers and three romantic relationship outcomes were assessed at Time 2. Findings revealed that higher parental marital satisfaction, lower marital conflict, and higher warmth and lower conflict in parent–adolescent relationships were associated with more modeling and less deidentification from parents. Moreover, higher deidentification was linked to a greater likelihood of youth being involved in a romantic relationship and cohabitation, whereas more modeling was linked to a lower likelihood of cohabitation and older age of first sex. Discussion underscores the importance of assessing parental modeling and deidentification and understanding correlates of these processes.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1388-1403
Number of pages16
JournalJournal of Marriage and Family
Issue number5
StatePublished - Oct 2017

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Anthropology
  • Arts and Humanities (miscellaneous)
  • Social Sciences (miscellaneous)


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