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Family Structures In An Urban Puerto Rican Community

Periti J. Pelto, Maria Roman and Nelson Liriano
Urban Anthropology
Vol. 11, No. 1, Action Research and Health Systems Change In An Inner-City Puerto Rican Community (SPRING 1982), pp. 39-58
Published by: Institute, Inc.
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/40552964
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Abstract

Like some ethnic and minority communities in the United States from the Caribbean area, Puerto Ricans demonstrate a high number of singleparent, female headed households. While the number of households of this type is relatively large and increasing, data derived from a study of two lowerincome Puerto Rican neighborhoods in the city of Hartford, Connecticut, point to a considerable range of variation in household types. This paper examines this range of variation and attempts to account for it in relation to other socioeconomic and cultural variables. It examines the consequences of the interaction between household type and employment status for mental health and general adaptability to an increasingly stressful urban environment and concludes that dual-parent households in which neither parent is employed are experiencing the greatest difficulties in this setting.

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