Chinese immigrant mothers of adolescents: Self-perceptions of acculturation effects on parenting

Lydia P. Buki, Tsung Chieh Ma, Robert D. Strom, Shirley K. Strom

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Immigrant families in the United States experience many adjustments, including the challenge of parenting in a new context. The relationship between self-perceptions of parenting behavior and mothers' perceived acculturation levels for themselves and their children was examined in 95 Chinese immigrant mothers. Data showed that mothers perceived their children as more acculturated than themselves, mothers reported a great need to learn more about how their children are growing up today, a larger perceived acculturation gap was associated with more parenting difficulties, and several factors contributed to perceptions of a more favorable parenting experience. Culturally responsive methodologies used in the translation and administration of measures, and specific modifications made to develop the Chinese version of the Parent Success Indicator, are discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)127-140
Number of pages14
JournalCultural Diversity and Ethnic Minority Psychology
Issue number2
StatePublished - May 1 2003
Externally publishedYes


  • Acculturation
  • Chinese
  • Immigrant
  • Mothers
  • Parenting

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Psychology
  • Sociology and Political Science


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