"You gotta start thinking like a parent": Hopes, dreams, and concerns of ethnic minority adolescent parents

Katrina Dornig, Deborah Koniak-Griffin, Janna Lesser, Evelyn González-Figueroa, Margarita Castaneda Luna, Nancy Lois Ruth Anderson, Blanca Corea-London

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Abstract

This study explored the lived experience of parenting that may inform individual health practices and behavior of young, ethnic minority, primarily Latino parents, participants in a HIV prevention intervention. Narrative accounts from parents (N = 90) were analyzed to illuminate the impact of parental protectiveness and aspirations for the child. Focus groups (n = 23) were utilized to generate a nuanced understanding of young parenthood. Self-reflective, complex, and multidimensional perspectives on parental protectiveness emerged along themes: (a) "growing up thoughtful," (b) "you gotta start thinking like a parent," (c) "togetherness and bonding," (d) "better life," (e) "the neighborhood" and (f) "expectations and pressure." Implications are discussed with a focus on integrating the concept of parental protectiveness into a strengths-based perspective.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)51-60
Number of pages10
JournalFamilies in Society
Volume90
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 2009

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  • Social Sciences (miscellaneous)

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    Dornig, K., Koniak-Griffin, D., Lesser, J., González-Figueroa, E., Luna, M. C., Anderson, N. L. R., & Corea-London, B. (2009). "You gotta start thinking like a parent": Hopes, dreams, and concerns of ethnic minority adolescent parents. Families in Society, 90(1), 51-60. https://doi.org/10.1606/1044-3894.3845