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Family Conflict Among Chinese- and Mexican-Origin Adolescents and Their Parents in the U.S.: New Directions for Child and Adolescent Development, Number 135

ISBN: 978-1-118-30911-7
120 pages
March 2012, Jossey-Bass
Family Conflict Among Chinese- and Mexican-Origin Adolescents and Their Parents in the U.S.: New Directions for Child and Adolescent Development, Number 135 (1118309111) cover image
Gain a nuanced understanding of parent–adolescent conflict in Chinese- and Mexican-origin families in the United States. This volume explores key issues related to family conflict such as
  • acculturation gaps
  • parent and adolescent internal conflicts
  • conflict resolution
  • seeking out confidants for help in coping with conflict.

This volume showcases the complexity of conflict among Chinese- and Mexican-origin families and furthers our understanding of how both developmental and cultural sources of parent–adolescent conflict are linked to adjustment.

This is the 135th volume in this series. Its mission is to provide scientific and scholarly presentations on cutting edge issues and concepts in child and adolescent development. Each volume focuses on a specific new direction or research topic and is edited by experts on that topic.

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1. Family Conflict Among Chinese- and Mexican-Origin Adolescents and Their Parents in the U.S.: An Introduction 1
Linda P. Juang, Adriana J. Umaña-Taylor The authors set the stage for the rest of the volume by discussing developmental and cultural sources of parent–adolescent conflict and highlight how the chapters in the volume address key contexts and processes related to family conflict and adolescent adjustment.

2. Acculturation-Based and Everyday Family Conflict in Chinese American Families 13
Linda P. Juang, Moin Syed, Jeffrey T. Cookston, Yijie Wang, Su Yeong Kim
The authors integrate our knowledge of these two types of family conflict that have been studied separately to arrive at a new understanding of what family conflict means for Chinese American adolescents and their parents.

3. Conflicts and Communication Between High-Achieving Chinese American Adolescents and Their Parents 35
Desiree Baolian Qin, Tzu-Fen Chang, Eun-Jin Han, Grace Chee
Based on in-depth interview data, the authors explore various domains of conflict that high-achieving Chinese American youth and their parents engage in, the process by which these conflicts emerge, and youths' perceptions of how conflicts are resolved.

4. Mother–Daughter Conflict and Adjustment in Mexican-Origin Families: Exploring the Role of Family and Sociocultural Context 59
Kimberly A. Updegraff, Adriana J. Umaña-Taylor, Norma J. Perez-Brena, Jacqueline Pflieger
Drawing from ecologically oriented and person–environment fit models, the authors investigate how the family context, as defined by the transition to adolescent motherhood, and the sociocultural context, as measured by mother–daughter discrepancies in cultural orientations, shape the associations between conflict and adjustment in Mexicanorigin families.

5. Guided Cognitive Reframing of Adolescent–Father Conflict: Who Mexican American and European American Adolescents Seek and Why 83
Jeffrey T. Cookston, Andres F. Olide, Michele A. Adams, William V. Fabricius, Ross D. Parke
The authors offer a conceptual model of guided cognitive reframing that emphasizes the behavioral, cognitive, and affective implications of confidant support as well as individual, family, and cultural factors linked to support seeking among Mexican- and European-heritage adolescents.

6. Gaps, Conflicts, and Arguments Between Adolescents and Their Parents 105
Andrew J. Fuligni
In this commentary, the author highlights the unique contributions of each chapter and suggests that distinguishing between three types of parent–adolescent differences—acculturation gaps, feelings of conflict, and actual arguments between adolescents and their parents—provides a way to understand the findings on immigrant family conflict presented in this volume.

Index 111

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