Compadrazgo: A Literature Review

Kathy Gill-Hopple, Diane Brage-Hudson

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Compadrazgo, “coparenthood,” is a traditional ritual fictive kinship system that provides a network of mutually supportive relationships in the Mexican American culture. A literature search of CINAHL, Medline, PsychoInfo, and Web of Science was used to identify peer-reviewed journals and original sources. Keywords included comadre, compadrazgo, fictive kin, social support, Mexican, and Mexican American. Additional resources were identified through a focused review of references. Findings from this study indicate knowledge about compadrazgo, is limited to the social organization, historical practices, and a preliminary description of the compadres role. Minimal information is available about the relationship between compadrazgo, and health, and variations in roles and responsibilities of compadrazgo, participants. Frequency of enactment of compadrazgo, responsibilities and barriers to the enactment of social support by compadres remain unknown. Variations in practice have not been explored. Nursing implication include the recommended ways that compadrazgo, can be encouraged or promoted in patient care.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)117-123
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of Transcultural Nursing
Issue number2
StatePublished - Apr 2012


  • Mexican
  • Mexican American
  • compadrazgo
  • fictive kin
  • social support

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Nursing(all)


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