Lugares de vida: Places of life. Selma T Chipenda-Dansokho

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Lugares de vida: Places of life.  by  Selma T Chipenda-Dansokho

Lugares de vida: Places of life. by Selma T Chipenda-Dansokho
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A new wave of immigration is challenging our assumptions and understanding of immigrant social integration, family organization and well-being, and mobility. Yet, relatively little attention has been given to the development of new conceptual modelsMoreA new wave of immigration is challenging our assumptions and understanding of immigrant social integration, family organization and well-being, and mobility.

Yet, relatively little attention has been given to the development of new conceptual models that are sensitive to the ecologies of todays immigrants who are predominantly people of color. This study extends current theorizing on immigrant adjustment and acculturation by focusing on a set of socio-structural factors that characterize the Mexican immigrant experience and their places of life.

Using data from a sub-sample of 433 Mexican-born caregivers in the Project for Human Development in Chicago Neighborhoods the study tests an integrated conceptual model that examines the linkages among hardships associated with being an immigrant ethnic minority, parental distress, parenting practices, and adolescent internalizing and externalizing. The study further examines if the hypothesized associations vary by neighborhood social capital, ethnic composition, and neighborhood socio-economic status.-Several important findings emerged from the study.

Financial hardship and perceived discrimination were positively associated with parental distress. Furthermore, parental distress mediated the association between family hardship and parental supervision. The study also found that parental supervision was negatively associated with internalizing and externalizing behavior problems. In addition, perceived discrimination by parents was positively associated with adolescent externalizing behavior problems.

An examination of the moderating effects of neighborhood social capital, neighborhood ethnic composition, and neighborhood socio-economic status showed that although a number of path coefficients differ across groups, the general form of the model is the same for each moderating variable. The results of the study suggest the need to extend theorizing on immigrant adjustment by considering the range of hardships that are associated with the immigration process, and examining the opportunities and constraints associated with different places of life.

Policy considerations are discussed.



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