Parental Modeling and Deidentification in Romantic Relationships Among Mexican-origin Youth




Kuo, Sally I-Chun
Wheeler, Lorey A.
Updegraff, Kimberly A.
McHale, Susan M.
Umana-Taylor, Adriana J.
Perez-Brena, Norma J.

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John Wiley & Sons


This study investigated youth's modeling of and de-identification from parents in romantic relationships, using two phases of data from adolescent siblings, mothers, and fathers in 246 Mexican-origin families. Each parent reported his/her marital satisfaction and conflict, and youth reported on parent-adolescent warmth and conflict at Time 1. Youth's reports of modeling of and de-identification from their mothers and fathers and three romantic relationship outcomes were assessed at Time 2. Findings revealed that higher parental marital satisfaction, lower marital conflict, and higher warmth and lower conflict in parent-adolescent relationships were associated with more modeling and less de-identification from parents. Moreover, higher de-identification was linked to a greater likelihood of youth being involved in a romantic relationship and cohabitation, whereas more modeling was linked to a lower likelihood of cohabitation and older age of first sex. Discussion underscores the importance of assessing parental modeling and de-identification and understanding correlates of these processes.



de-identification, modeling, parental influences, romantic relationships, Mexican-origin adolescents, Family and Consumer Sciences


Kuo, S. I.-C., Wheeler, L. A., Updegraff, K. A., McHale, S. M., Umaña-Taylor, A. J., & Perez-Brena, N. J. (2017). Parental modeling and deidentification in romantic relationships among Mexican-origin youth. Journal of Marriage and Family, 79(5), pp. 1388–1403.


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