Perceived child behaviour problems, parenting stress, and marital satisfaction: Comparison of new arrival and local parents of preschool children in Hong Kong

Shirley S.L. Leung, Man Cynthia Leung, Ruth Chan

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Abstract

Objective: To compare parental perception of child behaviour problems, parenting stress, and marital satisfaction in new arrival and local parents. Design: Cross-sectional survey; semi-structured interview. Setting: Maternal and Child Health Centres, social service centres, preschools. Participants: Parents of preschool children, including new arrival parents and local parents. Main outcome measures: Child behaviour problems, parenting stress, and marital satisfaction. Results: After controlling for socio-economic factors, new arrival parents were more troubled by their children's behaviour problems and their parent-child interactions were more dysfunctional than those of local parents. There were no differences in parentreported severity of child behaviour problems, parental distress, and marital satisfaction. New arrival parents reported difficulties in adapting to the new living environment and lack of social support. Conclusions: New arrival parents were more troubled by their children's behaviour, and their parent-child interactions were more dysfunctional than those of local parents. These might in part be related to their settlement difficulties. Parenting programmes should address their specific settlement needs.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)364-371
Number of pages8
JournalHong Kong Medical Journal
Volume13
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - 1 Oct 2007
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Child behavior disorders
  • Emigration and immigration
  • Marriage
  • Parenting
  • Stress, psychological

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine(all)

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