Date of Award
PhD Counseling Psychology
Professional Psychology and Family Therapy
Minsun Lee, Ph.D.
Jason D. Reynolds (Taewon Choi), Ph.D.
Corinne Datchi, Ph.D.
Noelany Pelc, Ph.D.
racial-ethnic socialization, second-generation parenting, Asian American, intergenerational influence
Racial-ethnic socialization within Asian American families involves the intergenerational transmission of racial and cultural messages and practices, which reflects their unique perspectives and experiences as racial/ethnic minority individuals and families in a racialized society. This qualitative study examines six second-generation East Asian American mothers who are raising children aged five to eight, with the goal of exploring intergenerational influences on their racial-ethnic socialization experiences. Using a set of two interviews, the results show how childhood experiences of immigration, racism, and racial-ethnic socialization shaped parents’ perceptions and experiences of racial-ethnic socialization practices with their children. Particularly, the study presents how parents’ experience of communication and non-communication about race during childhood influenced their ambivalent attitude about race-related communication with their children. The results also indicate the challenges of second-generation mothers in their racial-ethnic socialization practices with their own experiences of identity struggles and conflict with their parents. The findings highlight unique aspects of how second-generation Asian American mothers understand and navigate the familial and societal dynamics that underlie their racial-ethnic socialization practices.
Yoo, Jiwon, "Exploring Intergenerational Influences on Racial-Ethnic Socialization of East Asian American Mothers: A Phenomenological Approach" (2020). Seton Hall University Dissertations and Theses (ETDs). 2734.