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Family Dynamics in Hispanic-American and Black-American Families
An observation of the structure and gender roles in a Hispanic-American family and Black-American family.
# 152692 | 969 words | 8 sources | APA | 2013 | US
Published on Apr 18, 2013 in Ethnic Studies (General) , Sociology (Multiculturalism)

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This paper notes the influential role of family in the development of a child and provides an observation of two different ethnic group families, a Hispanic-American family and a Black-American family. The paper examines the structure of these families and the roles of both men and women. The paper also briefly identifies the similarities and differences between Hispanic American and African American families.

The Structure and Functioning of the Hispanic-American Family
Role of Women in Hispanic American Families
The Structure and Functioning of the Black American family
The Similarities between Hispanic American and African American Families
The Differences between Hispanic American and African American Families

From the Paper:

"In the Hispanic-American families, social status is either gained or lost as a result of one's role in the family being redefined (Barth,1969). The Hispanic-American society/family structure encourages females to take advantages of various opportunities in order to become independent. This is mainly through the need to join workforces.
"The man is usually the head of the family. His role is to provide both protection and food to his family. There are however several cultural strategies that have been put in place so as to ensure that the Hispanic-America families are protected. The family system is mainly patriarchal. One of the most common forms of patriarchal relationships in these families is referred to as the machismo/marianismo dyad which serves the purpose of reinforcing the male prestige in these hard times. There is also another relationship referred to as compadrazgo whose role is to extend the family's boundaries through a relationship of godparents. The godparent is referred to as compadre as his role is to assume certain forms of responsibility in the form of taking care and guidance of the godchild in a manner that is far much greater than his or her well being spiritually."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Barth, F. (1969). Introduction to Ethnic Groups and Boundaries, ed. F. Barth. Boston: Little, Brown.
  • Kumpfer, KL, Alvarado,R. (2003) Family-strengthening approaches for the prevention of youth problem behaviors. Am Psychol.;58:457-465.
  • Marquez, G.G (1969) in her book One Hundred Years of Solitude
  • Myrdal, G. (1944). An American Dilemma. New York: Public Affairs Committee.
  • Jorone, K, Astedt-Kurki ,P.( 2005) Familial contribution to adolescent subjective well-being. Int J NursPract.;11:125-133.Sameroff,A. (2006)Identifying risk and protective factors for healthy child development. In: Clarke-Stewart A, Dunn J, eds. Families Count: Effect on Child and Adolescent Development (the Jacobs Foundation Series on Adolescence). New York: Cambridge University Press:53-76.

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