Parental Employment, Family Functioning and Young Child Well-being: A Daily Diary Study of Mexican Immigrant Families

This study sought to examine day-to-day variability in the work experiences (work hours; workload; interpersonal interactions with supervisors and coworkers; perceptions of discrimination) of Mexican immigrant fathers with young children (age 3-5) and how those work experiences affect family functioning and child well-being. Mediating mechanisms linking paternal work experiences to child behavior were considered in two areas: parental mood and parent-child interactions (quality and type of activities). Findings from this study had the potential to inform both policy and practice, and were disseminated to a wide range of audiences. Dissemination focused on North Carolina, where the data was collected, because it has recently experienced the largest percentage increase nationally in its immigrant population.