Unformatted text preview: the resources available to them. Firstly, the family moved to the US from Puerto Rico, therefore the entire family had to deal with acculturation issues. Secondly, when the father suffered a stroke, due to cultural gender expectations, the females in the family took over the care of the father, while the brothers did not have to take on this responsibility. Due to having to take care of her father, Maria was unable to go back to school. This example demonstrates how cultural expectations affected her progress through the life course. One of the developmental themes of young adulthood is achieving career goals. Maria cannot focus on that milestone due to cultural expectations of caring for her family. Thirdly, the family took in Emma when her mother died. Often times in Latino families the extended family takes over the care of other family members....
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- Spring '08
- Extended family, Nuclear family, Suarez Family Life