Maternal predictors of behavioral problems among Mexican migrant farmworker children

Mary Lou de Leon Siantz, Nora Coronado, Tiffany Dovydaitis

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This study investigated the impact of maternal parenting factors on the emotional and behavioral health of Mexican Migrant Head Start children. Although the majority of children sampled in this study did not exhibit problematic behaviors, the findings concluded that children who demonstrated emotional and behavioral problems experienced a more rejecting maternal parenting style, greater parenting stress, and mothers reporting feelings of depression. Gender differences were found between the behavioral and emotional problems of sons and daughters. Surprisingly, years in the United States, maternal birthplace, income, education, and language spoken in the home were not associated with child behavioral problems.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)322-343
Number of pages22
JournalJournal of Family Nursing
Issue number3
StatePublished - 2010
Externally publishedYes


  • Behavioral problems
  • Farmworker
  • Hispanic families
  • Parenting
  • Preschool children

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Community and Home Care
  • Family Practice


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