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Balancing Culture and Development: Parent-adolescent relationships in Croatian immigrant families

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dc.contributor.advisor Chuang, Susan Samarin, Barbara 2013-01-18T20:41:43Z 2013-01-18T20:41:43Z 2013-01 2013-01-09 2013-01-18
dc.description.abstract This thesis is an investigation of Croatian immigrant families as a separate and distinct group. The main goals of this exploratory study were to: (1) examine the developmental and cultural challenges for second generation Croatian-Canadian immigrant adolescents in context of their families; (2) gain greater insight into the adolescents’ perspectives on factors that may either facilitate or hinder their relationships with their parents; and (3) investigate adolsecents’ views of potential cultural differences and similarities with their parents. Twenty second-generation Croatian-Canadian immigrant adolescents participated, and a qualitative, social constructionist approach was employed. With respect to communication with their parents, youth discussed: cultural barriers, language barriers, learning about the culture, daily interactions, negotiating personal freedom, personal/private disclosure, and importance of education. Youth’s perceived cultural discrepancies with their parents focused on cultural knowledge, cultural norms and expectations, cultural pressures, educational opportunities, language barriers, personal freedom, work ethic, cultural pride, and dual cultural identity. Overall implications of the study stress the importance of maintaining good parent-adolescent relationships in immigrant families and examining the challenges and struggles experienced by second-generation immigrant youth. en_US
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dc.title Balancing Culture and Development: Parent-adolescent relationships in Croatian immigrant families en_US
dc.type Thesis en_US Family Relations and Applied Nutrition en_US Master of Science en_US Department of Family Relations and Applied Nutrition en_US
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