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Parent-child relations and psychological adjustment among high-achieving Chinese and European American adolescents.
J Adolesc. 2012 Aug; 35(4):863-73.JA

Abstract

Chinese American students are often perceived as problem-free high achievers. Recent research, however, suggests that high-achieving Chinese American students can experience elevated levels of stress, especially comparing to their peers from other ethnic groups. In this paper, we examine how family dynamics may influence psychological adjustment among a group of high-achieving adolescents. Drawing on survey data collected on 295 Chinese American and 192 European American 9th graders attending a highly selective magnet school, our findings show that Chinese American adolescents reported significantly lower levels of psychological adjustment (d = -.31), and significantly less family cohesion (d = -.34) and more conflict (d = .56) than their European American peers. Further, the ethnic differences on adjustment disappeared after controlling for perceptions of family cohesion and conflict, indicating that such perceptions may be a key factor in understanding the high academic achievement/low psychological adjustment paradoxical pattern of development among Chinese American adolescents.

Authors+Show Affiliations

Michigan State University, USA. dqin@msu.eduNo affiliation info availableNo affiliation info availableNo affiliation info available

Pub Type(s)

Journal Article
Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

Language

eng

PubMed ID

22244616

Citation

Qin, Desiree Baolian, et al. "Parent-child Relations and Psychological Adjustment Among High-achieving Chinese and European American Adolescents." Journal of Adolescence, vol. 35, no. 4, 2012, pp. 863-73.
Qin DB, Rak E, Rana M, et al. Parent-child relations and psychological adjustment among high-achieving Chinese and European American adolescents. J Adolesc. 2012;35(4):863-73.
Qin, D. B., Rak, E., Rana, M., & Donnellan, M. B. (2012). Parent-child relations and psychological adjustment among high-achieving Chinese and European American adolescents. Journal of Adolescence, 35(4), 863-73. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.adolescence.2011.12.004
Qin DB, et al. Parent-child Relations and Psychological Adjustment Among High-achieving Chinese and European American Adolescents. J Adolesc. 2012;35(4):863-73. PubMed PMID: 22244616.
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TY - JOUR T1 - Parent-child relations and psychological adjustment among high-achieving Chinese and European American adolescents. AU - Qin,Desiree Baolian, AU - Rak,Eniko, AU - Rana,Meenal, AU - Donnellan,M Brent, Y1 - 2012/01/13/ PY - 2010/10/15/received PY - 2011/12/05/revised PY - 2011/12/09/accepted PY - 2012/1/17/entrez PY - 2012/1/17/pubmed PY - 2012/12/10/medline SP - 863 EP - 73 JF - Journal of adolescence JO - J Adolesc VL - 35 IS - 4 N2 - Chinese American students are often perceived as problem-free high achievers. Recent research, however, suggests that high-achieving Chinese American students can experience elevated levels of stress, especially comparing to their peers from other ethnic groups. In this paper, we examine how family dynamics may influence psychological adjustment among a group of high-achieving adolescents. Drawing on survey data collected on 295 Chinese American and 192 European American 9th graders attending a highly selective magnet school, our findings show that Chinese American adolescents reported significantly lower levels of psychological adjustment (d = -.31), and significantly less family cohesion (d = -.34) and more conflict (d = .56) than their European American peers. Further, the ethnic differences on adjustment disappeared after controlling for perceptions of family cohesion and conflict, indicating that such perceptions may be a key factor in understanding the high academic achievement/low psychological adjustment paradoxical pattern of development among Chinese American adolescents. SN - 1095-9254 UR - https://www.unboundmedicine.com/medline/citation/22244616/Parent_child_relations_and_psychological_adjustment_among_high_achieving_Chinese_and_European_American_adolescents_ L2 - https://linkinghub.elsevier.com/retrieve/pii/S0140-1971(11)00160-6 DB - PRIME DP - Unbound Medicine ER -