Reproduced from Conference Proceedings, pp. Phillips, University of New Mexico Los Alamos National Laboratory Abstract The purpose for the study was to fill the educational and adult development research voids in studies of ethnic and gender populations. The 47 Hispanic women interviewed revealed similarities with regard to family and relationships, cultural concerns, work-related issues, and personal development.
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Emergent research questions are reported. Background The purpose for this study was to investigate and describe the lives of Hispanic women at mid-life. Educational research needs to focus on specific populations and adult development research is lacking in studies of ethnic and gender populations.
This escort bloomington in is an attempt to satisfy that void by capturing in the words of these women the issues that shaped their present lives, central themes in their lives now, and their view of the future. The Hispanic woman of the s is a product of past cultural traditions and beliefs, encompassing family relations, marriage, education, and work, among others. She has witnessed changes in family structure, discrimination, and a lack of mentoring.
Her ethnic background and gender have created diverse expectations for herself, her family, the community and organisations that she interacts with on a daily basis. Methodology The researchers utilised naturalistic inquiry. The subjects for this study were 47 Hispanic women from the South-western USA between the ages of 35 and Demographic information such as marital status, present employment, income, education, and parental status were also collected to ensure a representative sample.
The data were collected during looking for hispanic males, in-depth, three to four hour interviews with individual subjects. Questions for the study focused on woman seeking men in edmonton critical events, 2 areas of conflict, 3 future hopes and dreams, and 4 orientation to life with the respect self, relationships, and work.
Coding were then developed from the information to determine the themes and patterns in the lives of these women relating to the research questions. This age and sex cohort was chosen because its members were raised with traditional and basic values concerning religion, the family, and the home; and it corresponds with the 'mid-life' deation in adult education literature. Cohort members are now operating in a society where, in many cases, they have had to consider compromising or changing those values.
The findings from this study will add to our adult development knowledge base, specifically regarding the development of women. Findings The Hispanic women interviewed expressed some very strong similarities coding with regard to family and relationships, cultural concerns, work-related issues, and personal development.
Relationships The extended family is quite common in the Hispanic culture; close emotional ties among family members are developed and a tightly-knit family group is formed.
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For Hispanic women, the extended family is not only an important source of emotional support, but is also a crucial resource for solving practical problems. The Hispanic woman's role as wife and mother is the source of her culturally-sanctioned power and authority; the Latin culture places high regard for the family's position. Therefore, the work role assumed by the Hispanic woman is still overshadowed by the home setting.
Even in cases of geographical distance, communications in the extended family continue and the nucleus remains strong1.
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The family, in many cases, was both a source of conflict and a source of malles for our subjects. Conflicts grounded in malse family often had to do with roles: familial and social. Parents frequently favoured male children causing pronounced sibling rivalry. I had [conflicts] with my brothers, because of free sex personals for nantwich attitude, the culture, always giving man the privileges.
And my mother pushed it. I couldn't accept it even as. But my mother and those of her generation were brought up with idea and were somehow brainwashed from when they were babies and they expected us to be that way.
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I think its caused a lot of problems. Even if you're maled it doesn't make a lot of sense that the man is supposed to have all the rights.
Women were supposed to make all the meals, but still work in the fields. My older brothers were allowed to use the car, but the girls couldn't go out except to church on Sunday morning and then we came back home.
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No social malew. Sheila, 43, unmarried, state employee Rosa, a 37 year old mother of a ten month old child said, 'Almost all of the father's eggs are set in the first son, 'hermano major' My oldest brother was extremely catered to as. The oldest daughter looked after the oldest brother'. Yet despite this, 'The burden on me wasn't so heavy as the one placed on my older brother'. Husbands' expectations of their wives were not always the subject's expectations of themselves.
Jane, a year old educator, 35, was married to escort service charlottesville 'traditional Hispanic male who did not believe women should be working outside the home. They should have babies and stay home.
It was too hard being what he wanted A majority of the women married to non-Hispanics said their husbands were supportive of their wishes and ambition. Yet even this has not been hispaanic sacrifice. Hispaic, a counsellor, 45, mother of a 16 year old girl and 15 year dominant escort peterborough twin boys described her cross-cultural marriage: I think that at the time that I married, I was conscious that I was giving up something.
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I might have been happier marrying into the Hispanic culture. I think it has been stressful at times for Mark, to accept values and attitudes that my family has. I really enjoy the loyalty part of the Mexican family.
Because the culture is generally family-oriented. Even if it is in the state of disintegration or payoffs the family is still, I think, the focal point. And I think there have been times when I have suffered stress or guilt because I became a little detached from my family here and there except by phone.
And I feel that my home is not as looking for hispanic males to my sisters or brothers or nephews and nieces simply because my home is very American, very Backstage escorts, very Protestant in that way. That his sense of space and privacy is so defined and his sense of noise level and interruptions and invasion is so acute and having grown up with a lot of people around me and very limited space, my space is not physical.
My sense of loving really depends on having dor family network and I gave that up. So when we have crises in our family, or when I am lookihg or hurt, I don't get on the phone and call for my sisters, I've lost them.
I help them, sometimes they call me or I help my nephews and nieces and when there is a funeral or something really wild, I'll just get on the plane and go back. But I really feel hispaanic I've severed a few of those ties. For my mother, and my family understand that. They understand that I stepped out of the culture.
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Most of our subjects viewed their mothers as very strong women who were forced to submit to cultural norms. Alice, 51, has seen her relationship with her sisters change, it has not changed with her mother. She is the perfect Hispanic mother.
She gets up early, cleans, cooks, and waits on us hand and foot. She may be a real Hispanic woman. She is not on the same wave-length. My problems are foreign to her'.
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Rosa described her mother's situation: My mother, on the surface, admits she gives in to my father but underneath, mxles just goes out there and does it her own way. My father refused to let her work outside the home She still does volunteer work at the libraries and works with retired citizens. Earning her own check would have given her some independence And his hispanix was typically Hispanic.
He didn't want to be embarrassed thinking his wife had to go to work.
Many of these mothers became the biggest rooters and supporters for these women in the future giving them the confidence to become whatever it was they chose. Many of them experienced discrimination due to their ethnicity. One store that stands out in my mind I look like my mother. He used to go to this barber shop and get his hair cut and one day he took my brother, who is dark the way I am, and they found out he was a 'Mexican' and after that they wouldn't cut his hair.
Just ridiculous things like that.
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I mean you have no idea some of the things I went through Isabela, 50 year old mother of six Tina described prejudice from her husband's family: I have also suffered in Mark's family some - in that I felt great prejudice in a way, I think - though not so much anymore because we've been together for so long that people might think maybe the marriage will survive. It's really funny because when we married, my father-in-law does not like foreigners, black people and all fkr that, and he told Mark even when we were engaged, he made it very clear to Mark that he could set him up to marry well.
He could have bareback escorts lancaster money, you know, whatever.
And in a way I feel Mark married me because I was so dark - it was his way of getting back to his father. I don't doubt that Mark really loved me but he also had the added bonus that he could sneer at his father, I'm going to marry somebody who is poor and somebody who - you know. But I did suffer a few embarrassing moments in public, in the family setting.
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They made it very clear my father-in-law made it very clear that Mark married beneath him. Many related that the Hispanic culture was changing and being absorbed into American society.
Women who want to chat expressed concern about the Hispanic's youth lack of knowledge about the Spanish language maales a loss of culture and expression unique to the Hispanic people. Loss of their language came up repeatedly maled a great concern. A concern because language is an integral part of a culture.
Polar positions were taken on speaking Spanish as a means toward preserving the culture. One of our subjects said, 'You can preserve the culture, you don't have to carry it to extremes. I mean, we live in America! And we speak English here and fine if you learn to speak ten different languages, so what? English is our language here'.