Familism and the hispanic-white college gap 313 ambition has been documented among white students for each increasing interval of parental education, the same cannot be said for hispanic students. Familism in the hispanic community familism is the cultural belief that family members are obligated to provide support to their nuclear and extended family it also refers to the sense of interdependency that relatives have for one another when they need help and support.
The protective role of familism in the lives of latino adolescents bicultural stress and adolescent risk behaviors in a community sample of latinos and non-latino european americans ethnicity & health, 12, 443-463 the protective role of familism in the lives of latino adolescents gabriela l stein, laura m gonzalez, alexandra m. Hispanic familism and childbearing: social value of children and fertility intentions a long tradition of demographic research has highlighted the importance of culture and values for understanding fertility behavior.
Familism, a latino value that promotes loyalty, cohesiveness, and obedience within the family, predicts improved outcomes for latino adolescents however, few studies have tested whether familism serves a protective role when adolescents are facing stress. The hispanic community in the united states is multi-national one, representing many different nationalities from places as varied as the caribbean, central and south america despite this variety hispanics share many of the same cultural views in terms of how to handle subjects such as childbirth, aging and disability. The importance of familismo by janine young, md— the importance of immediate and extended family ties are very important to the latino community—otherwise known as familismo the mother, father, grandparents, aunts and uncles may come to their children’s doctor visits, and all may have some say in how the child will be cared for. A new familism scale for use with latino populations the impact of acculturation on attitudinal familism in a community of puerto rican americans hispanic journal of behavioral sciences, 20, 375-390 a new familism scale for use with latino populations.
The importance of immediate and extended family ties are very important to the latino community—otherwise known as familismo the mother, father, grandparents, aunts and uncles may come to their children’s doctor visits, and all may have some say in how the child will be cared for. Familism has been described as a cultural trait that might explain why the fertility of hispanic women remains higher than non-hispanic white women still, few studies have analyzed group differences in childbearing attitudes.
Familism predicted psychosocial outcomes in the context of stress, and whether familism moderated the relationship between peer discrimination, acculturative stress, and economic stress predicting these outcomes in a sample of 173 latino adolescents.
A study by the hispanic journal of behavioral sciences measuring the effects of acculturation in the latino community found three basic depths of familism: obligation, support and nationality la familia is something that all latinos can agree on, despite tracing their roots or self-identifying from different countries. Three basic dimensions of familism were found: familial obligations, perceived support from the family and family as referents the high level of perceived family support, invariable despite changes in acculturation, is the most essential dimension of hispanic familism. Although familism values may be important in understanding the association between the acculturation process and externalizing problems, the covariation shared among familism values and other markers of acculturation make the interrelations among these variables difficult to parse apart in a cross-sectional design.