In recent years, Latino families have become a growing segment of the U.S. population. A number of characteristics have been used to describe Latino families. Yet the changing nature of the U.S. Latino population has made attempts to categorize Latino families out of date. This entry reviews the diversity, common cultural values and scripts, and social factors that help describe today’s Latino families. An overview of how these characteristics may influence family and couples counseling with Latinos is also provided.

The Diversity of Latino Families

Latino families comprised 14.7% of all households in the United States in 2013, with 62% of those being married couples. Almost 60% of Latino married couples have children under 18 years of age. In general, Latino families tend to have more children, ...

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