Examining the validity of the family investment and stress models and relationship to children's school readiness across five cultural groups

J Fam Psychol. 2012 Jun;26(3):359-70. doi: 10.1037/a0028290. Epub 2012 Apr 30.


Using the Early Childhood Longitudinal Study, Birth Cohort (ECLS-B) dataset, this study examined whether the family investment and the family stress models generalized to non-European American (EA) families. Specifically, we examined whether parenting processes mediated the association between family demographics and children's school readiness, and whether the pathways vary across cultural groups. Both models were most salient for EAs followed by African Americans (AAs) and Spanish-speaking Hispanics, but less so for English-speaking Hispanics (EHs) and Asian Americans. Findings indicated that sensitive parenting was a salient mediator between family demographics and children's school readiness for all groups except EHs; negative parenting and parent-child activities were salient mediators for EAs only.

Publication types

  • Comparative Study

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • African Americans / ethnology
  • African Americans / statistics & numerical data
  • Asian Americans / ethnology
  • Asian Americans / psychology
  • Child Development / physiology*
  • Child, Preschool
  • Cross-Cultural Comparison
  • Ethnicity / ethnology*
  • Ethnicity / psychology
  • Family Characteristics / ethnology*
  • Female
  • Hispanic or Latino / ethnology
  • Hispanic or Latino / psychology
  • Humans
  • Infant
  • Male
  • Models, Psychological*
  • Parent-Child Relations / ethnology*
  • Parenting / ethnology*
  • Parenting / psychology
  • Reproducibility of Results
  • Stress, Psychological / ethnology*
  • Stress, Psychological / psychology
  • United States / ethnology
  • Whites / ethnology
  • Whites / psychology