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ERIC Number: ED394095
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1995
Pages: 48
Abstractor: N/A
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Understanding New Immigrant Teenagers: Their Psychological and Emotional Situation: The Case of Chinese Immigrant Teens.
Xue, Susan S.
This pilot study examined the psychological and emotional stresses faced by new Chinese immigrant teenagers upon entering a new cultural environment. Interviews with teenagers (n=22) from three different political and economic areas of China and some of their parents (n=10) and school guidance counselors (n=2) indicate that these youth, because of the impact of two cultures, cannot grow up in the same way as native Chinese or mainstream American teenagers. Analysis of both traditional psychodynamic structures in the Chinese personality and the American conception of the rules that govern social behavior reveal these newcomers' confusion and frustration in the new environment, in school, with parents, and with friends. These new Chinese immigrant teens' psychological and emotional crises are more serious than the language problem alone, which is temporary, because psychological stressors may permanently affect a person's nature, disposition, and life goals. These findings alert society, schools and parents to cooperate effectively on meeting these adolescents' psychological and emotional needs in order to bring them up to be successful adults. Contains 3 case studies, 63 references, and student, parent, and guidance counselor questionnaires used. (Author/RB)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
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Language: English
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