• Asian Americans;
  • Chinese;
  • Filipino;
  • parent–adolescent relationships

Abstract Objective: The purpose of this study was to explore the influence of ethnic and generational differences on perceptions about parent and family relationships in a nationally representative sample of Chinese and Filipino adolescents living in the United States. Design: This was a cross-sectional descriptive study, utilizing data from the National Longitudinal Study on Adolescent Health. Sample: The sample was weighted to produce a nationally representative sample, based on 216 self-identified Chinese and 387 self-identified Filipino adolescents. Results: Results indicated that generational status plays a role in predicting how adolescents perceive the parent–adolescent relationship. Conclusions: Findings provide a basis by which community health nurses can begin to understand the uniqueness of Asian subgroups, as well as generations of immigrant youth.