Parenting and Adolescents’ Health in Chinese Immigrant Families: Struggling to Find an Eclectic Way

  • Weichao Yuwen
  • Angela Chia-Chen Chen

Abstract

This study aimed to gain an in-depth
understanding of Chinese immigrant parents’ parenting
practices, parents’ perceived strengths and challenges in
raising adolescent children in the United States and how
parenting may influence their adolescents’ psychological
and behavioral health. Ten mothers and three fathers aged
35-56 participated in four focus groups interviews and
filled out a brief survey. Parents had been in the U.S. for
20 years on average. Content analysis of the interview data
revealed three themes (Parenting Styles, Struggling to
Find an Eclectic Way, and Adolescent Health) and seven
sub-themes (high expectations, strict control and
monitoring, maintaining Chinese language and cultural
values, assimilating the good from the U.S. culture, not
finding a balanced point, not knowing how to
communicate, and my child is suffering). Our findings
highlight the unique challenges Chinese immigrant parents
encountered, how their parenting practices were shaped in
a different sociocultural context, and how parenting
influenced their adolescent children’s health. Results of the
study will help healthcare providers to develop
linguistically and culturally tailored resources to enhance
parenting skills and consequently promote psychosocial
health among Chinese American adolescents.

Abstract

This study aimed to gain an in-depth
understanding of Chinese immigrant parents’ parenting
practices, parents’ perceived strengths and challenges in
raising adolescent children in the United States and how
parenting may influence their adolescents’ psychological
and behavioral health. Ten mothers and three fathers aged
35-56 participated in four focus groups interviews and
filled out a brief survey. Parents had been in the U.S. for
20 years on average. Content analysis of the interview data
revealed three themes (Parenting Styles, Struggling to
Find an Eclectic Way, and Adolescent Health) and seven
sub-themes (high expectations, strict control and
monitoring, maintaining Chinese language and cultural
values, assimilating the good from the U.S. culture, not
finding a balanced point, not knowing how to
communicate, and my child is suffering). Our findings
highlight the unique challenges Chinese immigrant parents
encountered, how their parenting practices were shaped in
a different sociocultural context, and how parenting
influenced their adolescent children’s health. Results of the
study will help healthcare providers to develop
linguistically and culturally tailored resources to enhance
parenting skills and consequently promote psychosocial
health among Chinese American adolescents.

Published
2018-01-26
How to Cite
YUWEN, Weichao; CHIA-CHEN CHEN, Angela. Parenting and Adolescents’ Health in Chinese Immigrant Families: Struggling to Find an Eclectic Way. GSTF Journal of Nursing and Health Care (JNHC), [S.l.], v. 5, n. 1, jan. 2018. ISSN 2345-7198. Available at: <http://dl6.globalstf.org/index.php/jnhc/article/view/1265>. Date accessed: 23 mar. 2019.