Acculturation gaps in Vietnamese immigrant families: Impact on family relationships

Joyce Ho, Dina Birman

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Abstract

Vietnamese immigrants in the United States face acculturation challenges involving the individual, family, and community. Experts suggest that immigrant family members acculturate at different rates resulting in an acculturation gap, which negatively influences family adjustment. In this study we examined the degree and patterns of acculturation differences between 104 first generation immigrant Vietnamese adolescents and their parents, and whether acculturation gap affected family relationships. Operationalizing the "gap" as both absolute value of differences in acculturation and interactions of parent and adolescent acculturation levels, we examined the impact of such gaps in Vietnamese and American language, identity, and behavioral acculturation on family relationships. Results revealed that family cohesion and satisfaction were predicted by gaps in Vietnamese identity acculturation, but not by gaps in other acculturation domains.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)22-33
Number of pages12
JournalInternational Journal of Intercultural Relations
Volume34
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 2010
Externally publishedYes

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Keywords

  • Acculturation gap
  • Adolescents
  • Family relationship
  • Vietnamese families

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Business and International Management
  • Social Psychology
  • Sociology and Political Science

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