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Asian American Parenting and Parent-Adolescent Relationships

  • Stephen T. Russell
  • Lisa J. Crockett
  • Ruth K. Chao
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Part of the Advancing Responsible Adolescent Development book series (ARAD)

Table of contents

About this book

Introduction

The growing presence of non-European cultures in America brings new challenges to as well as opportunities for parenting research. Whereas particular constructs of parent-child relationships were once considered universal, we now recognize distinct cultural variations. This is especially true in the case of Asian Americans, a population encompassing many diverse ethnicities.

Informed by a variety of qualitative and quantitative methodologies including detailed surveys of teenagers and their parents, Asian American Parenting and Parent-Adolescent Relationships focuses on Chinese and Filipino Americans—large populations with markedly different histories and cultural influences—giving readers a new lens into the nature and meaning of cultural differences in parenting. Synthesizing data on adolescent autonomy and dependence, parental support and control (both crucial to adolescents’ wellbeing), and the rarely-explored concept of parental sacrifice, this ambitious volume:

  • Compares the parental belief systems of European Americans and immigrant Chinese and their influence on parenting styles.
  • Discusses the role of measurement equivalence in understanding Asian American parenting practices.
  • Examines sacrifice as a central concept in Asian American parenting and in immigrant parenting in general.
  • Analyzes how Asian American teenagers understand the support and control provided by their parents.
  • Explores the dynamics of parent and child gender in Asian American parenting.
  • Places these findings in the context of previous parenting research and identifies new directions for the field.

Asian American Parenting and Parent-Adolescent Relationships is a uniquely informative reference for researchers, clinicians, and graduate students across multiple disciplines, including developmental, clinical child, and school psychology, sociology, and anthropology as well as ethnic and women’s studies.

 

"A much needed and extremely thoughtful contribution to the scholarship on Asian American families. The authors rely on a variety of research methods to reveal patterns that challenge stereotypes and urge us to move beyond pan ethnic categories and explore the rich diversity among Asian Americans. This book is an exemplary study of culture and parenting."

Niobe Way, President, Society for Research on Adolescence /

Professor of Applied Psychology, New York University

Keywords

Adolescence Chinese Americans Cultural distinctions Eastern culture European Americans Families Filipino Americans Immigrants Parent-adolescent relationships Parenting Passing Stereotyp Western culture culture school psychology

Editors and affiliations

  • Stephen T. Russell
    • 1
  • Lisa J. Crockett
    • 2
  • Ruth K. Chao
    • 3
  1. 1.Norton School of Family and Consumer SciUniversity of ArizonaTucsonUSA
  2. 2.Dept. PsychologyUniversity of Nebraska, LincolnLincolnUSA
  3. 3.Dept. PsychologyUniversity of California, RiversideRiversideUSA

About the editors

Stephen T. Russell, Ph.D., is Professor and Fitch Nesbitt Endowed Chair in Family and Consumer Sciences, Director, Frances McClelland Institute for Children, Youth, and Families. He completed his doctorate in sociology at Duke University in 1994 and postdoctoral training in Life Course Studies at UNC-Chapel Hill in 1997. His research focuses on adolescent sexual orientation and identity, parent-adolescent relationships, ethnicity, and culture.

Lisa J. Crockett, Ph.D., is Professor of Psychology at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. She received her doctorate from the University of Chicago in 1986. Her research focuses on adolescent development and well-being with an emphasis on the role of ethnicity.

Ruth Chao, Ph.D., is an Associate Professor in the Department of Psychology at the University of California, Riverside. She received her doctorate from the University of California, Los Angeles. Dr. Chao was also an Assistant Professor in the Department of Child and Families Studies at Syracuse University. Her research interests include sociocultural perspectives of parenting and the family focusing on Asian immigrants. She recently completed a five-year, longitudinal study, funded by the National Institute of Health, examining the effects of parental control, warmth, and parental involvement in school on adolescent’s school performance and behavioral adjustment. Her research also includes studies of the language acculturation of Asian immigrant families across time and its effects on adolescent’s adjustment.

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title Asian American Parenting and Parent-Adolescent Relationships
  • Editors Stephen T. Russell
    Lisa J. Crockett
    Ruth K. Chao
  • Series Title Advancing Responsible Adolescent Development
  • Series Abbreviated Title Advs Responsible Adolescent Devel.
  • DOI https://doi.org/10.1007/978-1-4419-5728-3
  • Copyright Information Springer-Verlag New York 2010
  • Publisher Name Springer, New York, NY
  • eBook Packages Behavioral Science Behavioral Science and Psychology (R0)
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-1-4419-5727-6
  • Softcover ISBN 978-1-4614-2597-7
  • eBook ISBN 978-1-4419-5728-3
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages X, 136
  • Number of Illustrations 4 b/w illustrations, 0 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Child and School Psychology
    Anthropology
    Sociology, general
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Reviews

"A much needed and extremely thoughtful contribution to the scholarship on Asian American families. The authors rely on a variety of research methods to reveal patterns that challenge stereotypes and urge us to move beyond pan ethnic categories and explore the rich diversity among Asian Americans. This book is an exemplary study of culture and parenting."

(Niobe Way, President, Society for Research on Adolescence / Professor of Applied Psychology, New York University)

"In Asian American Parenting and Parent-Adolescent Relationships, Stephen Russell, Lisa Crockett and Ruth Chao have garnered a wealth of information on Asian American youth and their families, especially Chinese and Filipino Americans, and provided readers with exceptional insight into parenting influenced by cultural differences. .... The book is a highly informative reference for researchers, clinicians, and graduate students across multiple disciplines, including developmental, clinical, child, and school psychology, sociology, and anthropology as well as ethnic and women’s studies. ... It is fascinating to understand how parenting goals, style and warmth are tinted by the colors of culture."

(Prathiba Nagabhushan, in Journal of Youth and Adolescence)