Parental Roles and Relationships in Immigrant Families

An International Approach

  • Susan S. Chuang
  • Catherine L. Costigan

Part of the Advances in Immigrant Family Research book series (ADIMFAMRES)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiv
  2. Parental Involvement and Practices

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 9-9
    2. Charissa S. L. Cheah, Nan Zhou, Christy Y. Y. Leung, Kathy T. T. Vu
      Pages 31-49
    3. Esther J. Calzada, Carolina Hausmann-Stabile, R. Gabriela Barajas-Gonzalez, Keng-Yen Huang, Miguel E. Hernandez
      Pages 51-66
  3. Parenting and Children’s Early Development and Academics

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 67-67
    2. Susan Sonnenschein, Claudia Galindo, Cassandra L. Simons, Shari R. Metzger, Joy A. Thompson, May F. Chung
      Pages 111-128
  4. Acculturation Factors, Processes, and Family Dynamics

  5. Back Matter
    Pages 273-280

About this book


This insightful volume presents important new findings about parenting and parent-child relationships in ethnic and racial minority immigrant families. Prominent scholars in diverse fields focus on families from a wide range of ethnicities settling in Canada, China, Israel, Italy, the Netherlands, and the United States. Each chapter discusses parenting and parent-child relationships in a broader cultural context, presenting  within-group and cross-cultural data that provide readers with a rich understanding of parental values, beliefs, and practices that influence children’s developmental outcomes in a new country. For example, topics of investigation include cultural variation in the role of fathers, parenting of young children across cultures, the socialization of academic and emotional development, as well as the interrelationships among stress, acculturation processes, and parent-child relationship dynamics.

This timely reference:

  • Explores immigration and families from a global, multidisciplinary perspective.
  • Focuses on immigrant children and youth in the family context.
  • Describes innovative methodologies for studying immigrant family relationships.
  • Bridges the knowledge gap between immigrant and non-immigrant family studies.
  • Establishes the relevance of these data to the wider family literature.
  • Challenges long-held assumptions about immigrant families and parenting.

Parental Roles and Relationships in Immigrant Families is not only useful to researchers and to family therapists and social workers attending to immigrant families, but also highly informative for persons interested in shaping immigration policy at the local, national, and global levels.


Acculturation Children and youth Ethnic minority families Immigrant children Immigrant families Immigrant parent-child relationships Immigrant parents Immigration Parent-child relationships Socialization Father involvement Parenting and children's early development Culture and Immigration Acculturation-related stressors Family dynamics and youth development

Editors and affiliations

  • Susan S. Chuang
    • 1
  • Catherine L. Costigan
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of Family Relations and Applied NutritionUniversity of GuelphGuelphCanada
  2. 2.Department of PsychologyUniversity of VictoriaVictoriaCanada

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