Journal of Child and Family Studies

, 17:599

Familism as a Predictor of Parent–Adolescent Relationships and Developmental Outcomes for Adolescents in Armenian American Immigrant Families

  • Sharon R. Ghazarian
  • Andrew J. Supple
  • Scott W. Plunkett
Original Paper

DOI: 10.1007/s10826-007-9177-7

Cite this article as:
Ghazarian, S.R., Supple, A.J. & Plunkett, S.W. J Child Fam Stud (2008) 17: 599. doi:10.1007/s10826-007-9177-7

Abstract

We investigated associations between familism, parent-adolescent relationships, and developmental outcomes for a sample of 97 Armenian adolescents in immigrant families. Our results suggested that adolescents emphasizing family needs over their own were more likely to report conformity to parents’ wishes, respect for parental authority, and disclosure to parents about activities. Familism was also related to self-esteem in a positive manner, and a negative association was found between familism and self-derogation. Additionally, our results suggested that familism may have indirect associations with self-derogation via more collectivistic parent–adolescent relations. An unexpected finding emerged as conformity to parental expectations was positively associated with self-derogation. This finding undermines the argument that familism benefits adolescents and may point to potential feelings of ambivalence for adolescents from immigrant families trying to balance cultural values of parents with those of mainstream American society.

Keywords

FamilismArmenianImmigrantAcademic motivationSelf-esteem

Copyright information

© Springer Science+Business Media, LLC 2007

Authors and Affiliations

  • Sharon R. Ghazarian
    • 1
  • Andrew J. Supple
    • 1
  • Scott W. Plunkett
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of Human Development and Family StudiesUniversity of North Carolina GreensboroGreensboroUSA
  2. 2.Family and Consumer Sciences DepartmentCalifornia State University NorthridgeNorthridgeUSA