Chinese American adolescents: perceived parenting styles and adolescents' psychosocial health
Article first published online: 11 DEC 2012
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International Nursing Review
Volume 60, Issue 2, pages 236–243, June 2013
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2013) Chinese American adolescents: perceived parenting styles and adolescents' psychosocial health. International Nursing Review 60, 236-243& (
- Issue published online: 21 MAY 2013
- Article first published online: 11 DEC 2012
- Arizona State University Barrett Honors College
- Culture Education;
- Focus Groups;
- Health Disparities;
Asian Americans are one of the fastest-growing minority groups in the USA, and Chinese constitute the largest group. Evidence suggests that Asian American adolescents experience higher levels of depressive symptoms than their same-gender white counterparts. Quantitative findings suggest associations between parenting factors and Chinese American adolescents' mental health. A qualitative understanding regarding Chinese American adolescents' perceived parenting styles and its relationship with adolescents' psychosocial health is warranted.
To gain an in-depth understanding of Chinese American adolescents' perceived parenting styles and how parenting styles might influence adolescents' psychosocial health.
In this qualitative study, we recruited 15 Chinese American adolescents aged 12–17 years in a southwest metropolitan area. We conducted two focus group interviews. Participants also filled out a brief questionnaire that included their socio-demographic information, immigration history and level of acculturation.
Participants reported perceiving that parents had high expectations about academic performance and moral values. They also perceived stricter family rules regarding choices of friends compared with their non-Asian peers. Parents tended to be more protective of girls than of boys. Both Chinese American boys and girls reported poor or ineffective communication with their parents, which contributed to increased conflict between parents and adolescents and emotional distress of the adolescents.
The findings provide evidence for nurses to develop linguistically and culturally tailored resources (e.g. parent support groups, programs aimed to improving parent–child communication) or connect these families with existing resources to enhance parenting skills and consequently reduce emotional distress of their adolescent children.