This study explored the lived experience of parenting that may inform individual health practices and behavior of young, ethnic minority, primarily Latino parents, participants in a HIV prevention intervention. Narrative accounts from parents (N = 90) were analyzed to illuminate the impact of parental protectiveness and aspirations for the child. Focus groups (n = 23) were utilized to generate a nuanced understanding of young parenthood. Self-reflective, complex, and multidimensional perspectives on parental protectiveness emerged along themes: (a) "growing up thoughtful," (b) "you gotta start thinking like a parent," (c) "togetherness and bonding," (d) "better life," (e) "the neighborhood," and (f) "expectations and pressure." Implications are discussed with a focus on integrating the concept of parental protectiveness into a strengths-based perspective. (Author abstract)
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