What is a family? From a diversity perspective in Puerto Rico

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Title What is a family? From a diversity perspective in Puerto Rico
¿Qué es una familia? Desde la diversidad en Puerto Rico
Creator Nina-Estrella, Ruth Virginia
Subject diversity
Description There is a tendency to generalize and homogenize the family, obscuring the diversity observed in the country. By homogenizing the family, the state adopts a discourse which excludes family diversity during the development of social policies, also affecting how and what services are provided for these groups. Nontraditional families are usually excluded in a context of fragility. Considering these elements, an examination of other family structures prevailing in the country is proposed: (1) single parent, (2) homoparental, (3) immigrants (4) stepfamily, (5) intergenerational, and (6) of young parents. The present study was aimed to analyze the notion of family. For each family structure five (5) persons were interviewed, totaling 30 interviews with parents or responsible persons:  The results show common elements shared by different family structures: meaning of their children, processes of socialization and their roles as father and mother. As well, many divergent elements that are unique characteristics of each family were found:1) in single-parent families the notion is based on the meaning of children, 2) in homoparental, the paternity/maternity is shared between the couple, 3) in immigrants is characterized by family cohesion, 4) in stepfamilies, past experiences promote new identities, 5) intergenerational families are highly authoritarian and 6) youth families, committed to raising their children. Future studies are proposed which may contribute to a better understanding of family diversity, considering the realities of each family structure.
Existe la tendencia a generalizar y homogenizar a la familia, invisibilizando la diversidad familiar que habita en el país. Al homogenizar la familia, el estado adopta un discurso en el que la diversidad familiar está excluida en el desarrollo de políticas sociales, como también de los servicios que reciben estos grupos. Las familias no tradicionales quedan excluidas en un contexto de fragilidades. Considerando estos elementos, se propuso estudiar otras estructuras familiares que predominan en el país: (1) monoparentales, (2) homoparentales, (3) inmigrantes, (4) reconstituidas, (5) familias intergeneracionales, y (6) de padres jóvenes. El presente trabajo, tuvo el propósito de analizar la noción de familia. Por cada estructura familiar se entrevistaron a cinco (5) personas, siendo un total de 30 entrevistas a padres, madres o personas responsables. Los resultados muestran elementos comunes que comparten las diversas familias: significado de los hijos/as, procesos de socialización y sus roles de padre y madre. También se encontraron elementos divergentes que son características propias de cada familia: (1) en las monoparentales la noción se sostiene sobre el significado de los hijos, (2) en las homoparentales la paternidad/maternidad es compartida, (3) en las inmigrantes se caracteriza por la cohesión familiar, (4) en las reconstituidas, las experiencias pasadas promueve nuevas identidades, (5) familias intergeneracionales, altamente autoritarias, y (6) los jóvenes comprometidos con la crianza de los hijos/as. Se propone considerar estas realidades al realizar intervenciones en cada estructura familiar.
Publisher Universidad de Puerto Rico, Recinto de Río Piedras
Date 2018-12-31
Type info:eu-repo/semantics/article
Format application/pdf
Identifier https://revistas.upr.edu/index.php/griot/article/view/15161
Source Revista Griot; Vol. 11 No. 1 (2018): Revista Griot; 34-52
Revista Griot; Vol. 11 Núm. 1 (2018): Revista Griot; 34-52
Language spa
Relation https://revistas.upr.edu/index.php/griot/article/view/15161/13708
Rights Derechos de autor 2018 Ruth Virginia Nina-Estrella

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