The perceptions of intergenerational conflict among Chinese immigrant families in British Columbia

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Intergenerational conflict
Chinese immigrant families

This study critically examines parental perceptions of intergenerational conflict and explores coping strategies using a mixed methods approach. It specifically focuses on Chinese immigrant families with young adult children aged 18 to 35 years old. Intergenerational conflict is defined as the frequency, the degree, and the severity of problems or arguments experienced within parent-child relationships. Studies have found that problematic intergenerational conflicts are associated with negative consequences and that immigrant families are especially vulnerable (Uba, 1994; Wu & Chao, 2005). Since British Columbia is now home to 30% of Canada’s total immigrants from China, Taiwan and Hong Kong (Statistics Canada, 2006), it is essential to explore the social factors contributing to, and buffering against, intergenerational conflict within these families. Results will be valuable in identifying the most vulnerable families, and in recommending resources (e.g., educational and community programs) that can both prevent and reduce intergenerational conflict.

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Senior supervisor: 
Barbara Mitchell
Arts & Social Sciences: Department of Sociology and Anthropology
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(Thesis) M.A.