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Parental Roles and Relationships in Immigrant Families

An International Approach

  • Susan S. Chuang
  • Catherine L. Costigan


  • Explores immigration and families from a global, multidisciplinary perspective

  • Focuses on immigrant children and youth in a family context

  • Discusses innovative methodological strategies


Part of the Advances in Immigrant Family Research book series (ADIMFAMRES)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiv
  2. Parental Involvement and Practices

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 9-9
    2. Charissa S. L. Cheah, Nan Zhou, Christy Y. Y. Leung, Kathy T. T. Vu
      Pages 31-49
    3. Esther J. Calzada, Carolina Hausmann-Stabile, R. Gabriela Barajas-Gonzalez, Keng-Yen Huang, Miguel E. Hernandez
      Pages 51-66
  3. Parenting and Children’s Early Development and Academics

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 67-67
    2. Susan Sonnenschein, Claudia Galindo, Cassandra L. Simons, Shari R. Metzger, Joy A. Thompson, May F. Chung
      Pages 111-128
  4. Acculturation Factors, Processes, and Family Dynamics

  5. Back Matter
    Pages 273-280

About this book


This insightful volume presents important new findings about parenting and parent-child relationships in ethnic and racial minority immigrant families. Prominent scholars in diverse fields focus on families from a wide range of ethnicities settling in Canada, China, Israel, Italy, the Netherlands, and the United States. Each chapter discusses parenting and parent-child relationships in a broader cultural context, presenting  within-group and cross-cultural data that provide readers with a rich understanding of parental values, beliefs, and practices that influence children’s developmental outcomes in a new country. For example, topics of investigation include cultural variation in the role of fathers, parenting of young children across cultures, the socialization of academic and emotional development, as well as the interrelationships among stress, acculturation processes, and parent-child relationship dynamics.

This timely reference:

  • Explores immigration and families from a global, multidisciplinary perspective.
  • Focuses on immigrant children and youth in the family context.
  • Describes innovative methodologies for studying immigrant family relationships.
  • Bridges the knowledge gap between immigrant and non-immigrant family studies.
  • Establishes the relevance of these data to the wider family literature.
  • Challenges long-held assumptions about immigrant families and parenting.

Parental Roles and Relationships in Immigrant Families is not only useful to researchers and to family therapists and social workers attending to immigrant families, but also highly informative for persons interested in shaping immigration policy at the local, national, and global levels.


Acculturation Children and youth Ethnic minority families Immigrant children Immigrant families Immigrant parent-child relationships Immigrant parents Immigration Parent-child relationships Socialization Father involvement Parenting and children's early development Culture and Immigration Acculturation-related stressors Family dynamics and youth development

Editors and affiliations

  • Susan S. Chuang
    • 1
  • Catherine L. Costigan
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of Family Relations and Applied NutritionUniversity of GuelphGuelphCanada
  2. 2.Department of PsychologyUniversity of VictoriaVictoriaCanada

About the editors

Dr. Susan S. Chuang (Ph.D. in Human Development, University of Rochester, NY) is an Associate Professor in the Department of Family Relations and Applied Nutrition at the University of Guelph, Ontario, Canada. She received her baccalaureate in Criminology and Sociology at the University of Toronto, Ontario. At the University of Rochester, she received a Masters of Science in Elementary Education, and a Masters of Science and Ph.D. in Human Development. She then received post-doctoral training under Dr. Michael E. Lamb at the Institute of Child Health and Human Development, Maryland. Her research focuses on parenting of young children in various countries (Canada, China, Hong Kong, Paraguay, Taiwan, and the U.S.). Her second line of research examines families and immigration, collaborating with various national organizations in Canada. 

Catherine Costigan (Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology, Michigan State University, MI) is an Associate Professor in the Department of Psychology at University of Victoria, British Columbia, Canada. Her major research and clinical interests focus on contextual influences on parenting, immigration and family relationship, families with children who have disabilities, child and youth development, and family-based interventions. 

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title Parental Roles and Relationships in Immigrant Families
  • Book Subtitle An International Approach
  • Editors Susan S. Chuang
    Catherine L. Costigan
  • Series Title Advances in Immigrant Family Research
  • Series Abbreviated Title ADV in Immigrant Family Research
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer International Publishing AG 2018
  • Publisher Name Springer, Cham
  • eBook Packages Behavioral Science and Psychology Behavioral Science and Psychology (R0)
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-3-319-71397-7
  • Softcover ISBN 978-3-319-89069-2
  • eBook ISBN 978-3-319-71399-1
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages XIV, 280
  • Number of Illustrations 6 b/w illustrations, 0 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Family
    Developmental Psychology
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