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Puerto Rican Parenting and Acculturation in Families Experiencing Substance Use and Intimate Partner Violence

NCJ Number
Journal of Social Work Practice in the Addictions Volume: 13 Issue: 1 Dated: January - March 2013 Pages: 50-69
Cristina Mogro-Wilson, Ph.D., M.S.W.; Lirio K. Negroni, Ph.D., M.S.W.; Michie N. Hesselbrock, Ph.D., M.S.W.
Date Published
March 2013
20 pages
This study examined the impact of parenting, family and cultural factors on children behavioral issues in families with substance abuse and intimate partner violence.
This study investigated Puerto Rican families (n=157) that contained at least one parent with a substance use disorder to describe the impact of acculturation, parenting, and intimate partner violence on child behavioral issues. Findings indicated that parental distress, parent-child dysfunctional interactions, and parental reinforcement had direct influences on child behavior problems for Puerto Ricans. Implications for social work practice are explored, such as an increased focus on the parenting experience, decreasing the stress of the parent, and increasing reinforcement of positive child behavior. Abstract published by arrangement with Taylor and Francis.