• Rolando Díaz-Loving
Part of the Latin American Voices book series (LAVIPH)


With the increased globalization of psychology and related fields, family and culture are central issues. This chapter centers on designing, testing, and interpreting culturally based accounts of family relationships and their impact on individual and social interactions. In particular in collectivistic cultures, the strength of this assertion is advanced when over 80% of the Mexicans agree with the statement that “one should always be loyal to one’s family.” This statement is only one of the 123 historic-socio-cultural premises of the Mexican family. A description of research conducted in Mexico about family, its structure and composition, and its dynamics and effects is presented. Additionally, family functioning is a process that involves the individual, the family, and culture. In order to assess the overall perception of family functioning, a scale was developed in two stages. A study based on open questions was conducted in order to learn how Mexicans perceive their family relationships. Based on the exploratory stage, an objective questionnaire was developed. Psychometric evaluation of the measure yields 45 items grouped in 4 factors: positive family environment, hostility/avoidance of conflict, control/problems in the expression of feelings, and cohesion/rules. Data on the effects of socialization practices on family functioning, the mediation role of this functioning on individual and group well-being, as well as the relationship of family variables with other psychological phenomena are presented for the Mexican culture.


Mexican family Family functioning 


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  • Rolando Díaz-Loving
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  1. 1.School of PsychologyNational Autonomous University of MexicoMexico CityMexico

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