Struggling to find an eclectic way: Parenting and adolescents’ health in Chinese immigrant families.

Yuwen Weichao, Angela Chen

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This study aimed to gain an in-depth understanding of Chinese immigrant parents’ parenting practices, parents’ perceived strengths and challenges in raising adolescent children in the United States and how parenting may influence their adolescents’ psychological and behavioral health. Ten mothers and three fathers aged 35-56 participated in four focus groups interviews and
filled out a brief survey. Parents had been in the U.S. for 20 years on average. Content analysis of the interview data revealed three themes (Parenting Styles, Struggling to Find an Eclectic Way, and Adolescent Health) and seven sub-themes (high expectations, strict control and monitoring, maintaining Chinese language and cultural values, assimilating the good from the U.S. culture, not
finding a balanced point, not knowing how to communicate, and my child is suffering). Our findings highlight the unique challenges Chinese immigrant parents encountered, how their parenting practices were shaped in a different sociocultural context, and how parenting influenced their adolescent children’s health. Results of the study will help healthcare providers to develop
linguistically and culturally tailored resources to enhance parenting skills and consequently promote psychosocial health among Chinese American adolescents.
Original languageEnglish (US)
Number of pages7
JournalGSTF Journal of Nursing and Health Care
Issue number1
StatePublished - Dec 2017


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