The contributions of parenting and the media to Latino adolescents' ethnic identity development

Debby Evelyn Almonte, Fordham University


This study was designed to examine whether varying parenting styles (i.e. authoritative, authoritarian, permissive), parents' and adolescents' acculturation levels (e.g., assimilation, marginalization, separation, and integration), adolescent's generational status, and Spanish media consumption patterns, especially in regards to telenovela consumption, positively or negatively predicted ethnic identity development among Latinos. Latino mothers and their adolescent children between the ages of 14 and 17 were asked to complete online questionnaires regarding the variables mentioned above. The results of the hierarchical regression indicated that authoritative parenting and adolescent acculturation predict Latino ethnic identity only when telenovela viewing motives were not considered. When considered, the General Telenovela Viewing factor was the only independent variable that positively influenced ethnic identity. Given that a chi-square analysis determined telenovela consumption varied by gender, gender was included as a control variable in the regression. No main effect of gender was found.^

Subject Area

Psychology, Developmental|Psychology, General|Sociology, Individual and Family Studies|Sociology, Ethnic and Racial Studies

Recommended Citation

Almonte, Debby Evelyn, "The contributions of parenting and the media to Latino adolescents' ethnic identity development" (2013). ETD Collection for Fordham University. AAI3589634.