Mothers, fathers, peers, and mexican-origin adolescents' sexual intentions

Sarah E. Killoren, Kimberly Updegraff, F. Scott Christopher, Adriana J. Umaña-Taylor

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Drawing on a symbolic-interaction perspective and a compensation model, the processes linking mother-and father-adolescent relationship qualities, deviant peer affiliations, and adolescents' sexual intentions were investigated for 246 Mexican-origin youths born in the United States and in Mexico using multiple-group structural equation models. Deviant peer affiliations significantly mediated the relations between paternal acceptance and sexual intentions and between disclosure to mothers and sexual intentions for U.S.-born youths but not for Mexico-born youths. Findings highlight the importance of examining variability as a function of youth nativity.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)209-220
Number of pages12
JournalJournal of Marriage and Family
Issue number1
StatePublished - Feb 2011


  • Adolescence
  • Adolescent peer relations
  • Culture/race/ethnicity
  • Hispanic Americans
  • Parent-adolescent relations
  • Sexuality

ASJC Scopus subject areas

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


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