By Qin Gao | November 9, 2020 | Asia Pacific Journal of Social Work and Development


Among one of the first social work studies to probe the mechanism between cultural orientations and parental distress, this study examined the mediating role of parent–child acculturation conflict among Chinese immigrant families. A sample of first-generation immigrants from mainland China to the United States (N = 268) was extracted from the Study of Asian American Families, which was conducted in New York (2011–2012), New Jersey (2013–2014), and Hawaii (2015–2017). Mediation results suggest that Chinese immigrant parents who had a stronger cultural orientation to the United States had less parent–child acculturation conflict, which in turn, lessened parental distress. For social workers, these findings echo existing theories and highlight the importance and potential arrays of cultural competence for social service delivery to support family resilience among first-generation Chinese immigrant families in the United States.

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