Parents' Perceived Discrimination and Adolescent Adjustment in Chinese American Families: Mediating Family Processes

Yang Hou, Su Yeong Kim, Nancy Hazen, Aprile D. Benner

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Abstract

Parental discriminatory experiences can have significant implications for adolescent adjustment. This study examined family processes linking parental perceived discrimination to adolescent depressive symptoms and delinquent behaviors by using the family stress model and incorporating family systems theory. Participants were 444 Chinese American adolescents (Mage.wave1 = 13.03) and their parents residing in Northern California. Testing of actor–partner interdependent models showed a significant indirect effect from earlier paternal (but not maternal) perceived discrimination to later adolescent adjustment through paternal depressive symptoms and maternal hostility toward adolescents. The results highlight the importance of including both parents and examining actor and partner effects to provide a more comprehensive understanding of how maternal and paternal perceived discrimination differentially and indirectly relate to adolescent adjustment.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)317-331
Number of pages15
JournalChild Development
Volume88
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 2017

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© 2016 The Authors. Child Development © 2016 Society for Research in Child Development, Inc.

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health
  • Education
  • Developmental and Educational Psychology

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