Southeast asian immigrants' perceptions of good adolescents and good parents

Zha Blong Xiong, Patricia A. Eliason, Daniel F. Detzner, Michael J. Cleveland

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The authors examined the extent to which Southeast Asian immigrant parents and adolescents agree on what it means to be a "good" parent and a "good" adolescent. Thirty-six parents and 37 adolescents of Cambodian, Hmong, Lao, and Vietnamese descent participated in a series of focus groups. Content analyses of their discussions showed that good adolescents were obedient, helpful around the house, and respectful to parents and elders, and good parents were those who provide for, nurture, and monitor children's activities. The findings suggest that ideas about good parents and good adolescents are influenced by both the parents' traditions and by adolescents' acculturation to American values.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)159-175
Number of pages17
JournalJournal of Psychology: Interdisciplinary and Applied
Issue number2
StatePublished - Jan 1 2005
Externally publishedYes

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
The research reported here was made possible by grants from the Department of Human Development and Family Studies at Iowa State University. We gratefully acknowledge the support of the University of Minnesota Extension Service, and we thank the research participants for their stories and reflections.


  • Good adolescents
  • Good parents
  • Immigrant parent-adolescent relationships
  • Intergenerational relationships
  • Southeast Asian immigrants


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