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Title:Contours of child-parent conflict among South Asian American and Chinese American young adults
Author(s):Masood, Nausheen
Director of Research:Okazaki, Sumie
Doctoral Committee Chair(s):Okazaki, Sumie
Doctoral Committee Member(s):Ramirez Garcia, Jorge I.; Hubert, Lawrence J.; Abelmann, Nancy A.; Wiley, Angela R.
Department / Program:Psychology
Degree Granting Institution:University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Subject(s):Asian American families
family conflict
mental health
South Asian American
Chinese American
Indian American
Abstract:An emphasis on family ties appears so entrenched in the South Asian American worldview that for distressed adults, clinical problems often present as family conflict (Almeida, 2005; Tewari, 2000), and scholars recommend conceptualizing individual client problems using family therapy models (Inman & Tewari, 2003). This pattern may be explained by a highly interdependent self-orientation combined with traditional virtues that emphasize cooperation and duty (i.e., filial piety) at the family level. Given that family conflict is of clinical concern for many other Asian American populations (e.g., Abe-Kim, Takeuchi & Hwang, 2002; Lee, Jung, Su, Tran & Bahrassa, 2009), I examine the broad shared and ethnic-specific factors of parent-child disagreement and its role in wellbeing for South Asian American young adults (n = 150), compared with Chinese American young adults (n = 150). Based on the shared cultural emphasis on collectivism, it was hypothesized that family interdependence would moderate the prediction of wellbeing by general family disharmony in both groups, and that complying and accommodating responses to a recent disagreement would be associated with more intense interdependent emotions. There was evidence that interdependence did play an important role in general wellbeing scores and in emotion intensity during a recent conflict, although differently for each ethnic group. Ethnic differences were also observed in responses to actual and hypothesized conflict. Findings are discussed in light of theorized distinctions between South Asian American and Chinese American family dynamics.
Issue Date:2012-06-27
Rights Information:Copyright 2012 Nausheen Masood
Date Available in IDEALS:2012-06-27
Date Deposited:2012-05

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