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

Project Description

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). Dissemination focused on North Carolina, where the data was collected, because it has recently experienced the largest percentage increase nationally in its immigrant population

Project Goals

To find how the work experiences of Mexican immigrant fathers impact family functioning and child well-being. Findings from this study had the potential to inform both policy and practice, and were disseminated to a wide range of audiences.

Project Results

Effects of Mexican Immigrant Parents’ Daily Workplace Discrimination on Child Behavior and Family Functioning