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ERIC Number: EJ855226
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009
Pages: 26
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0272-4316
The Development of Children's Ethnic Identity in Immigrant Chinese Families in Canada: The Role of Parenting Practices and Children's Perceptions of Parental Family Obligation Expectations
Su, Tina F.; Costigan, Catherine L.
Journal of Early Adolescence, v29 n5 p638-663 2009
Parents' role in children's ethnic identity development was examined among 95 immigrant Chinese families with young adolescents living in Canada. Children reported their feelings of ethnic identity and perceptions of parental family obligation expectations. Parents reported their family obligation expectations; parents and children reported on parenting practices. Mothers' expectations, but not fathers', were positively associated with children's feelings of ethnic identity. This relation was mediated by children's perceptions of parental expectations, suggesting that children must first perceive their parents' expectations for these expectations to influence their ethnic identity. More positive parenting practices were related to stronger feelings of ethnic identity. Mothers' parenting practices moderated the relations between mothers' expectations and children's ethnic affirmation and belonging. The results suggest immigrant mothers' family obligation expectations provide an avenue for positive family identification and ethnic culture learning opportunities that may encourage children's ethnic identity development. (Contains 2 tables and 3 figures.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Canada