Acculturation and Its Implications on Parenting for Chinese Immigrants: A Systematic Review

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Purpose: To systematically review and synthesize existing findings on acculturation and its implications on parenting for Chinese immigrants. Method: Three electronic databases were searched for original research articles that examined acculturation and its influence on parenting in Chinese immigrants. Results: Twenty-two studies were included. Findings suggest that acculturation influences parenting beliefs, attitudes, and practices, as well as parent-child relationships among Chinese immigrants. Acculturation discrepancies between parents and children are associated with negative child outcomes. Discussion and Conclusions: Further research is needed to better understand the relationships among acculturation and parenting perceptions, parent-child relationships, and parent-child acculturation discrepancies and associated child outcomes. In particular, longitudinal studies with larger samples and multiple methods are needed to suggest causal inferences and validate these relationships. Implications for Practice: Nurses are at the unique junction to identify these problems through interacting with individuals and families at the clinical and mental/community health levels.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)145-158
Number of pages14
JournalJournal of Transcultural Nursing
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2014
Externally publishedYes


  • acculturation
  • Chinese
  • family health
  • immigrant
  • parent
  • parenting
  • public health policy
  • transcultural health

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Nursing


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