Lanuza, Yader R. (2018). Parent-child monetary exchanges in African American and immigrant families during the transition to adulthood. Annual Meeting of the Population Association of America.
The dominant perspective among family scholars suggests that, in the United States, children are primarily – and often solely – receivers of financial support through the transition to adulthood. Generally, these studies do not highlight the experience of African American and children of immigrants. This paper uses data from the National Longitudinal Study of Adolescent to Adult Health to examine variation in monetary exchanges between parents and children. I find that White young adults living in native-born families are more likely to exhibit monetary independence, African Americans are more likely to exhibit monetary interdependence and children of immigrants are more likely to exhibit child-to-parent assistance compared to each other. My findings suggest that racial/ethnic differences are due, in part, to structural conditions across families, but also by group-specific cultural scripts among Whites, African Americans, and children of immigrants, including self-sufficient, linked-fate, and immigrant ethos cultural scripts, respectively.
financial support African Americans immigrants monetary independence monetary interdependence
Annual Meeting of the Population Association of America
Race/ethnicity and family
Lanuza, Yader R.
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