Averting Another Lost Decade: Moving Hispanic Families From Outlier to Mainstream Family Research

Abstract

This study endorses an urgent call-to-action for researchers to move Hispanic families from outlier to mainstream family research.
The top-15 ranked U.S. journals in the field of family studies published more than 8,000 articles in the prior decade—the
same time period when Hispanics were also the largest, most rapidly growing ethnic group in the United States. This study
contributes to the field of family studies by using quantitative and qualitative methods to analyze these articles per journal
for empirical evidence that indicates the importance of Hispanic families within this literature. Further empirical evidence
comes from extending the analysis to 2011. The evidence presented suggests insufficiency of Hispanic family research with
regard to quantity, quality, relevance, and recognized contributions to the field of family studies. The discourse includes
examples and recommendations for averting another lost decade of opportunities for research relevant to the health and welfare
of a growing U.S. Hispanic population.

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