Culture's Influence on Stressors, Parental Socialization, and Developmental Processes in the Mental Health of Children of Immigrants

Su Yeong Kim, Seth J Schwartz, Krista M. Perreira, Linda P. Juang

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Children of immigrants represent one in four children in the United States and will represent one in three children by 2050. Children of Asian and Latino immigrants together represent the majority of children of immigrants in the United States. Children of immigrants may be immigrants themselves, or they may have been born in the United States to foreign-born parents; their status may be legal or undocumented. We review transcultural and culture-specific factors that influence the various ways in which stressors are experienced; we also discuss the ways in which parental socialization and developmental processes function as risk factors or protective factors in their influence on the mental health of children of immigrants. Children of immigrants with elevated risk for mental health problems are more likely to be undocumented immigrants, refugees, or unaccompanied minors. We describe interventions and policies that show promise for reducing mental health problems among children of immigrants in the United States.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)343-370
Number of pages28
JournalAnnual Review of Clinical Psychology
StatePublished - May 7 2018



  • Children of immigrants
  • Culture specific
  • Mental health
  • Parental socialization
  • Stressors
  • Transcultural

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Clinical Psychology
  • Psychiatry and Mental health

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