Parental Sacrifice and Acceptance as Distinct Dimensions of Parental Support Among Chinese and Filipino American Adolescents

Part of the Advancing Responsible Adolescent Development book series (ARAD)


Parental support is a central construct in research on parenting and parent-adolescent relationships, yet there is little research that examines youths’ interpretation and understanding of parental support. This study examines the construct of parental support, arguing that for Asian immigrant families in the United States it consists of two facets: parental acceptance and parental sacrifice. The study included 941 ninth graders from eight different high schools in the greater Los Angeles area: 598 Chinese Americans and 343 Filipino Americans. Results showed that parental acceptance and sacrifice were similar but distinct factors and that both are part of a larger construct of parental support. In tests of the equivalence of the measures between the two ethnic groups, the larger picture to emerge is that Chinese and Filipino American youth have similar cultural understandings or perspectives of parental acceptance and sacrifice: these constructs work equally well between Chinese and Filipinos. These findings underscore the need for culturally sensitive measures for Asian immigrant families and adolescents. In understanding the parental support of Asian immigrants, this study demonstrates that it is important to incorporate culturally distinctive features of parenting.


Parental Support Filial Piety Parental Acceptance Asian American Adolescent Item Intercept 
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