Chinese Canadian young adults' experiences of parental monitoring




So, Vivien Wing Yin

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This dissertation focuses on the family experiences of Chinese Canadian young adults raised in immigrant families. Drawing on contextual and transactional theories of development and parenting, this dissertation investigates Chinese young adults’ experiences and interpretations of parental monitoring and their links to youth well-being and family functioning. There is a relative lack of knowledge about the nature and interpretations of Chinese immigrant parenting in young adulthood and a lack of consensus regarding the conceptualization of parental monitoring both in adolescence and in young adulthood in mainstream and immigrant populations. This research achieved several objectives in a series of three papers. In Paper 1, I uncovered the range of Chinese Canadian young adults’ perceived parental monitoring behaviours and motivations for such behaviours in a qualitative study using freelisting methodology. In Paper 2, I sought to understand the construct of monitoring in this demographic by creating a multidimensional measure of parental monitoring of Chinese Canadian young adults. In Paper 3, I explored how young adults’ unmet expectations for parental monitoring related to well-being using polynomial regressions and response surface analyses. This research addressed several gaps in the literature by extending the study of parental monitoring to young adulthood, adding to the scant literature on parenting of Chinese immigrant young adults, distinguishing between mothers’ and fathers’ parenting, and moving toward a more complete conceptualization of parental monitoring.



acculturation, culture, family, immigration, lifespan development, parent-child relationships, parenting, young adulthood, Chinese Canadian