Publication details [#63324]

Kam, Jennifer A., Lisa M. Guntzviller and Erin D. Basinger. 2017. Communal Coping Among Spanish-Speaking Mother–Child Dyads Engaging in Language Brokering: A Latent Class Analysis. Communication Research 44 (5) : 743–769.
Publication type
Article in journal
Publication language
Language as a subject
Place, Publisher
SAGE Publications


Employing self-reported survey data from 120 low-income, Spanish-speaking mother–child dyads, this inquiry explored diverse types of classes (i.e., subgroups) based on the ways in which mothers and adolescent children coped with language brokering, especially when they found it stressful. Four classes appeared, listed from largest to smallest class: (a) communal coping mothers, (b) shared communal copers, (c) independent communal coping children, and (d) communal coping children. Mothers’ parent–child closeness predicted class membership, but adolescent children’s reported closeness was not a significant predictor. Nevertheless, adolescent children’s respect for family significantly predicted class membership, whereas mothers’ respect for family was not a significant predictor. Mothers who were members of the communal coping children class reported less frequent depressive symptoms, whereas children who were independent communal coping children reported more frequent depressive symptoms.