Conclusions: The Role of Asian American Culture in Parenting and Parent-Adolescent Relationships

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


Ideas about parenting and family relationships are rooted in culture. In this concluding chapter of a book, Asian American Parenting and Parent–Adolescent Relationships, we argue that “mainstream” thinking about parenting and parent–child relationships is grounded in Western cultural assumptions, beliefs, and practices regarding parenting and family life. These assumptions and beliefs are reflected and reinforced everyday—through daily family interactions, but also through popular media and cultural representations of families. These images tell us what it means to be parents, and what adolescents and their relationships with their parents are supposed to be like. In this chapter we synthesize the major findings from the five empirical studies presented in the prior chapters of the book and discuss their contributions to research on Asian American parenting and parent–adolescent relationships.


Parental Support Parenting Practice Immigrant Family Parental Warmth Adolescent Adjustment 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Stephen T. Russell
    • 1
  • Lisa J. Crockett
    • 2
  • Ruth K. Chao
    • 3
  1. 1.University of ArizonaTucsonUSA
  2. 2.University of NebraskaLincolnUSA
  3. 3.University of CaliforniaRiversideUSA

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