Faculty Articles

Title

Interparental Relations, Maternal Employment, and Fathering in Mexican American Families

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

2-2007

Publication Title

Journal of Marriage and Family

Volume

69

Issue/Number

1

First Page

26

ISSN

0022-2445

Last Page

39

Abstract/Excerpt

This study examined independent and interactive relations between the interparental relationship and maternal employment in predicting fathering within low-income, Mexican American two-parent families (N = 115). Interparental conflict was negatively related to quality fathering, and these relations were noted only for single-earner families. The parenting alliance was positively related to quality fathering irrespective of maternal employment. Fathering was associated with lower levels of child depression and conduct problems. Results suggest that bolstering quality fathering is a useful avenue for improving child well-being and that strengthening the interparental relationship can support quality fathering and child mental health within Mexican American families.

DOI

10.1111/j.1741-3737.2006.00341.x

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