Hmong immigrants' perceptions of family secrets and recipients of disclosure

Zha Blong Xiong, Arunya Tuicomepee, Laura LaBlanc, Julie Rainey

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The purpose of this study is to examine the issues Hmong immigrants considered family secrets and to whom they would disclose their secrets when these secrets became problematic to them. Ninety-nine Hmong immigrant adults (39 males and 60 females), with ages ranging from 18 to 89 participated in this study. Content analysis found more than half of the participants considered marital issues to be secrets, while descriptive statistics found spousal arguments about family chores were the most secretive, followed by arguments about children, and overspending. Relatives on the husband's side, spouse, family members, and adult children were among the most frequent recipients of disclosures. The article concluded with some suggestions for educators, practitioners, and policymakers who work with Hmong immigrant families.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)231-239
Number of pages9
JournalFamilies in Society
Issue number2
StatePublished - Jan 1 2006


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