Mexican-American and Anglo-American Mothers’ Beliefs and Values About Child Rearing, Education, and Language Impairment This study investigated the cross-cultural and intracultural diversity of mothers’ beliefs and values regarding child rearing, education, and the causes of language impairment. Thirty Mexican-American and 30 Anglo-American mothers of children with language impairments completed 2 questionnaires, and 10 randomly selected mothers from each group participated in an interview. In ... Research Article
Research Article  |   November 01, 2003
Mexican-American and Anglo-American Mothers’ Beliefs and Values About Child Rearing, Education, and Language Impairment
 
Author Affiliations & Notes
  • Barbara L. Rodriguez, PhD
    University of New Mexico, Albuquerque
  • Lesley B. Olswang
    University of Washington, Seattle
  • Contact author: Barbara L. Rodriguez, PhD, Department of Speech and Hearing Sciences, University of New Mexico, 1712 Lomas NE, Albuquerque, NM 87131.
    Contact author: Barbara L. Rodriguez, PhD, Department of Speech and Hearing Sciences, University of New Mexico, 1712 Lomas NE, Albuquerque, NM 87131.×
  • Corresponding author: E-mail: brodrig@unm.edu
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Research Article   |   November 01, 2003
Mexican-American and Anglo-American Mothers’ Beliefs and Values About Child Rearing, Education, and Language Impairment
American Journal of Speech-Language Pathology, November 2003, Vol. 12, 452-462. doi:10.1044/1058-0360(2003/091)
History: Received October 18, 2002 , Accepted September 9, 2003
 
American Journal of Speech-Language Pathology, November 2003, Vol. 12, 452-462. doi:10.1044/1058-0360(2003/091)
History: Received October 18, 2002; Accepted September 9, 2003
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This study investigated the cross-cultural and intracultural diversity of mothers’ beliefs and values regarding child rearing, education, and the causes of language impairment. Thirty Mexican-American and 30 Anglo-American mothers of children with language impairments completed 2 questionnaires, and 10 randomly selected mothers from each group participated in an interview. In addition, the Mexican-American mothers completed an acculturation rating scale. Results indicated that Mexican-American mothers held more strongly traditional, authoritarian, and conforming educational and child rearing beliefs and values than Anglo-American mothers. Mexican-American mothers cited extrinsic attributes as the cause of their children’s language impairment, whereas Anglo-American mothers cited intrinsic attributes. Mexican-American mothers exhibited differences in their beliefs that were related to their level of acculturation to the mainstream culture.

Acknowledgments
This research was based in part on the first author’s doctoral dissertation completed at the University of Washington. The Stroum Endowed Minority Fellowship from the University of Washington Graduate School and NRSA 5 T32 DC 00033-05 from the National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders provided funding for this project. We acknowledge the cooperation of the Albuquerque Public Schools in Albuquerque, New Mexico and thank the participants who were so generous with their time.
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