New study examines the intersection of culture and biology in the development of Latinx youth

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“A culturally informed approach to studying parent-child relationships in Latino populations is essential to understanding how these relationships support healthy child development,” Suveg said. “Parenting is definitely influenced by culture. However, some parenting behaviors are universally positive, such as sharing positive emotions and being supportive when needed.

The team plans to use this approach to better understand what positive parenting looks like among Latinx parents and also to identify how stressors like discrimination and cultural forces like strong ethnic identity influence well-being. parents.

Studies will be conducted over a period of five years and will pay particular attention to Latinx families in Athens and surrounding communities. The information will be collected from the age of 3 to 4 years of the families’ children, and each year thereafter until the children are 5 to 6 years old. Suveg identified the period of infancy as a critical period for understanding how parenthood can support healthy child development.

Suveg’s team includes several other UGA professors, including Margaret Caughy, a Georgia Athletic Association professor of family health disparities, and Justin Lavner, an associate professor of psychology. The team will also work with collaborators from George Washington University, the University of Texas at Austin and the University of California at Irvine.

“We hope the results of these studies will create new avenues to promote healthy development and overall well-being in Latinx children and their parents,” Suveg said.

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