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Las Comadres as a Social Support System

Author: Lopez,-Rebecca-A.
Author Background:
Date 3/1/99
Type Journal
Journal Title: Affilia
Volume/Pages 1999, 14, 1, spring, 24-41.
Subject Matter Latino
Abstract Questionnaire data are used to explore the relationship among 38 Latinas, age 25+, in southern CA who participated in the fictive kin system of compadrazgo, or coparenthood, that encourages the sharing of childrearing responsibilities among parents & acquired godparents. It is important for social workers to recognize these relationships when they assess all possible elements of support available to Latino families, particularly to the increasing number of female heads of households. 2 Tables, 47 References. Adapted from the source document