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Asian American Parenting and Parent-Adolescent Relationships

by Stephen T. Russell Ruth K. Chao Lisa J. Crockett

The growing presence of non-European cultures in America brings new challenges to as well as opportunities for parenting research. Whereas particular constructs of parent-child relationships were once considered universal, we now recognize distinct cultural variations. This is especially true in the case of Asian Americans, a population encompassing many diverse ethnicities. Informed by a variety of qualitative and quantitative methodologies including detailed surveys of teenagers and their parents, Asian American Parenting and Parent-Adolescent Relationships focuses on Chinese and Filipino Americans--large populations with markedly different histories and cultural influences--giving readers a new lens into the nature and meaning of cultural differences in parenting. Synthesizing data on adolescent autonomy and dependence, parental support and control (both crucial to adolescents' wellbeing), and the rarely-explored concept of parental sacrifice, this ambitious volume: Compares the parental belief systems of European Americans and immigrant Chinese and their influence on parenting styles. Discusses the role of measurement equivalence in understanding Asian American parenting practices. Examines sacrifice as a central concept in Asian American parenting and in immigrant parenting in general. Analyzes how Asian American teenagers understand the support and control provided by their parents. Explores the dynamics of parent and child gender in Asian American parenting. Places these findings in the context of previous parenting research and identifies new directions for the field. Asian American Parenting and Parent-Adolescent Relationships is a uniquely informative reference for researchers, clinicians, and graduate students across multiple disciplines, including developmental, clinical child, and school psychology, sociology, and anthropology as well as ethnic and women's studies. "A much needed and extremely thoughtful contribution to the scholarship on Asian American families. The authors rely on a variety of research methods to reveal patterns that challenge stereotypes and urge us to move beyond pan ethnic categories and explore the rich diversity among Asian Americans. This book is an exemplary study of culture and parenting." (Niobe Way, President, Society for Research on Adolescence / Professor of Applied Psychology, New York University)

Health Disparities in Youth and Families

by Gustavo Carlo Lisa J. Crockett Miguel A. Carranza

Amid its growing diversity and shifting demographics, the U.S. is still home to glaring health inequities by race, ethnicity, and class. Yet while it is customary to identify poverty as their root cause, other complex mechanisms are involved in their perpetuation. Based on recent major studies on African-American, Latino, Asian-American, and Native American populations, Health Disparities in Youth and Families offers a thorough, nuanced examination of a wide range of causal--and protective--factors. Rigorous theories and models take into account cultural, contextual, and personal variables, including the roles of family identity, school, and neighborhood, and motivation toward health awareness (with attention paid to less frequently studied phenomena such as within-group inequalities and the Hispanic Health Paradox). Contributors approach their subjects with realism as well as optimism as the book: povides reliable information on the scope and etiology of health disparities, identifies the methodological and political challenges associated with this issue, proposes comprehensive, integrative models for understanding disparities, features examples of innovative programs for improving minority health, includes an in-depth chapter on substance use and mental health among Native American youth, offers a useful starting point for the exchange of ideas necessary to address health disparities. A provocative resource on a pressing social concern, Health Disparities in Youth and Families is necessary reading for health policy researchers, health care providers, and others dedicated to better health outcomes for all Americans.

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