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Research on Asian immigrant families indicates that children often acculturate to the host culture more quickly than their parents, resulting in parent-child acculturation discrepancies, intergenerational conflicts, and psychological distress. The existing literature focuses on adolescents, and little is known about young adults' experiences. Furthermore, there is a need in the current literature to apply a bilineal model of acculturation, in which orientations towards the heritage and mainstream cultures exist on separate dimensions. This study used a Web-based survey to examine the degree to which demographic factors, perceived parent-child bilineal acculturation discrepancies, and intergenerational conflicts predicted distress in 179 Asian Canadian young adults. Hierarchical multiple regression results indicated that mother-child heritage acculturation discrepancies predicted mother-child conflicts. Mother-child conflicts predicted distress, whereas father-child conflicts did not. Canadian acculturation predicted distress over and above perceived parent acculturation and parent-child acculturation discrepancies. Results are discussed in terms of implications for research and counselling.
Chong, Vanessa, "Perceived acculturation discrepancies and intergenerational conflict in Asian Canadian families" (2007). Electronic Theses and Dissertations. 4681.