Date of Award

11-7-2015

Degree Type

Thesis

Degree Name

M.Ed.

Department

Education

First Advisor

Zhou, George

Keywords

Chinese immigrant parents and children, Communication, Conflicts, Mental health, Parent-child relationship

Rights

CC BY-NC-ND 4.0

Abstract

The purpose of this study was to investigate the potential conflicts between Chinese immigrant parents and their children. Data were collected through survey and interviews. A total number of 170 surveys were analyzed and nine pairs of Chinese Immigrant parents and their high school children were interviewed. The exploration into the participants revealed that Chinese immigrant parents and their children experienced conflicts in education, career choice, and daily behaviors because of cultural differences, different expectations in education and career, language barriers, different ways of thinking, child rebellion, generation gaps, and a lack of communication. These conflicts had made their children unhappy, depressed, angry, and stressed. When confronting conflicts, these parents and children often failed to remain calm or reasonable and tended to argue against each other. In describing an ideal parent-child relationship, almost all parents and children described respect, understanding, and communication as the most important factors.

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