Child Psychiatry & Human Development

, Volume 48, Issue 4, pp 597–609 | Cite as

Social Support, Parenting, and Social Emotional Development in Young Mexican and Dominican American Children

  • Maria Serrano-Villar
  • Keng-Yen Huang
  • Esther J. Calzada
Original Article


This study focused on social support and its association with child developmental outcomes, indirectly through parenting practices, in families of 4–5 year old Latino children. Data were collected from mothers and teachers of 610 Mexican American (MA) and Dominican American (DA) children. Mothers reported on perceived social support, parenting practices and children’s problem and adaptive behavior functioning at home, and teachers reported on mothers’ parent involvement and children’s problem and adaptive behavior functioning in the classroom. Results showed that support received from family was higher than support received from school networks for both ethnic groups. Moreover, familial support was associated with child behavior, mediated by positive parenting practices, whereas support from school networks was not associated with child outcomes. During early childhood, social support from family members may be an important protective factor that can promote positive behavioral functioning among Latino children.


Latino children Social support Parenting practices Early childhood 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Maria Serrano-Villar
    • 1
  • Keng-Yen Huang
    • 2
  • Esther J. Calzada
    • 3
  1. 1.Child Study CenterNew York University School of MedicineNew YorkUSA
  2. 2.Center for Early Childhood Health and Development (CEHD)New York University Langone Medical CenterNew YorkUSA
  3. 3.Austin School of Social WorkUniversity of TexasAustinUSA

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