TitleMexican American Fathers' Occupational Conditions: Links to Family Members' Psychological Adjustment.
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2006
AuthorsCrouter, AC, Chandler, KD, Updegraff, K, Delgado, M, Fortner, M
JournalJournal of marriage and the family
Date Published2006

To examine the implications of fathers' occupational conditions (i.e., income, work hours, shift work, pressure, workplace racism, and underemployment) for family members' psychological adjustment, home interviews were conducted with fathers, mothers, and two adolescent offspring in each of 218 Mexican American families. Results underscored the importance of acculturation as a moderator. Fathers' income was negatively associated with depressive symptoms in highly acculturated families but not in less acculturated families. In contrast, fathers' reports of workplace racism were positively associated with depressive symptoms in less acculturated families but not in more acculturated family contexts. These findings were consistent across all 4 family members, suggesting that the "long arm" of the jobs held by Mexican American fathers extends to mothers and adolescent offspring.