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Immigrant Families in Contemporary Society

Edited by Jennifer E. Lansford, Kirby Deater-Deckard, Marc H. Bornstein

© 2009 – Guilford Press

336 pages

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About the Book

How do some families successfully negotiate the linguistic, cultural, and psychological challenges of immigration, while others struggle to acculturate? This timely volume explores the complexities of immigrant family life in North America and analyzes the individual and contextual factors that influence health and well-being. Synthesizing cutting-edge research from a range of disciplines, the book addresses such key topics as child development, school achievement, and the cultural and religious contexts of parenting. It examines the interface between families and broader systems, including schools, social services, and intervention programs, and discusses how practices and policies might be improved to produce optimal outcomes for this large and diverse population.


"For those interested in an interdisciplinary approach to immigrant families in contemporary societies … this volume is a valuable and stimulating addition to the research literature. … A real strength is its interdisciplinary approach, bringing together up to date insights from demographic studies, sociology, psychology, education and other areas." - Richard Rymarz, University of Alberta, Canada, in PsycCRITIQUES

"Immigrants face many challenges that place them at risk for social, educational, health, and emotional difficulties. In this rich volume, scholars in psychology, medicine, sociology, education, law, and economics raise riveting issues while they document and chart new directions for research and intervention that promote social and psychological resilience. A 'must read' for a multidisciplinary audience of academics, policymakers, program developers, and practitioners trying to understand the pressing needs of immigrant children and families and to encourage their positive adaptation." - Celia J. Falicov, University of California, San Diego

"Immigrant families and modern social institutions pose a number of challenges and opportunities for each other. The social and behavioral sciences, by and large, have addressed the issues in piecemeal fashion. This volume, in contrast, brings together knowledge and insights from psychology, sociology, medicine, and other disciplines to open a dialogue on the complexities of immigrant families in North America. The nicely organized chapters provide a foundation for gaining a larger perspective that has been missing." - Charles M. Super, University of Connecticut

"The chapters cover diverse immigrant groups, cross-referencing each other to yield a comprehensive, integrated text that can serve as a stand-alone volume on immigrant families. The authors, who are among the foremost experts in their respective fields, present the most up-to-date and relevant research and offer insightful suggestions for future investigation. This book will serve as a valuable text for upper-division undergraduate and graduate-level courses; for example, it is ideal for my seminar on cultural psychology and immigrant families." - Raymond Buriel, Pomona College

"This is one of the few interdisciplinary books that provide a well-balanced and well-integrated overview of demographic and sociological trends in immigration, issues of development and acculturation, and the impact of social and economic systems. It is an excellent reference not only for researchers, but also for policymakers and educational and clinical professionals. The book combines broad reviews of current theories and trends in research with more focused analyses, making it an appropriate text for specialized courses on immigrant children and families as well as more general courses on development and family diversity. It would serve as an excellent supplementary resource or even as a main text." - Ruth Chao, University of California, Riverside

"This book has the potential to stimulate interdisciplinary research on this topic, which ultimately could lead to improved social, psychological, and health services for members of immigrant families." - APA PsycCRITIQUES

Table of Contents

Bornstein, Deater-Deckard, Lansford, Introduction: Immigrant Families in Contemporary Society. Part 1. Foundations and Perspectives. Hernandez, Denton, Macartney, Family Circumstances of Children in Immigrant Families: Looking to the Future of America. Mendoza, Javier, Burgos, Health of Children in Immigrant Families. Phinney, Ong, Ethnic Identity Development in Immigrant Families. Berry, Acculturation Strategies and Adaptation. Tyyskä, Immigrant Families in Sociology. Kaushal, Reimers, How Economists Have Studied the Immigrant Family. Part 2. Illustrations of Diversity in Family Processes. Bornstein, Cote, Knowledge of Child Development and Family Interactions among Immigrants to America: Perspectives from Developmental Science. Chase-Lansdale, D'Angelo, Palacios, A Multidisciplinary Perspective on the Development of Young Children in Immigrant Families. Bradley, McKelvey, Managing the Differences Within: Immigration and Early Education in the United States. Waldfogel, Lahaie, The Role of Preschool and After-School Policies in Improving the School Achievement of Children of Immigrants. Ross-Sheriff, Tirmazi, Walsh, Cultural and Religious Contexts of Parenting by Immigrant South Asian Muslim Mothers. Wong, Immigration, Globalization, and the Chinese American Family. Part 3. Immigrant Families in Social Contexts. A. J. Fuligni, A. S. Fuligni, Immigrant Families and the Educational Development of Their Children. Updegraff, Crouter, Umaña-Taylor, Cansler, Work–Family Linkages in the Lives of Families of Mexican Origin. Gonzales, Dumka, Mauricio, Germán, Building Bridges: Strategies to Promote Academic and Psychological Resilience for Adolescents of Mexican Origin. Coleman, The Role of the Law in Relationships within Immigrant Families: Traditional Parenting Practices in Conflict with American Concepts of Maltreatment. Deater-Deckard, Bornstein, Lansford, Closing Thoughts. Suárez-Orozco, Afterword: Reflections on Research with Immigrant Families.

About the Editors

Edited by Jennifer E. Lansford, PhD, Center for Child and Family Policy, Duke University, Durham, North Carolina, USA; Kirby Deater-Deckard, PhD, Department of Psychology, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, Blacksburg, Virginia, USA; and Marc H. Bornstein, PhD, Child and Family Research, National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, National Institutes of Health, Bethesda, Maryland, USA

About the Series

Duke Series in Child Development and Public Policy

This important series presents cutting-edge work in child development, highlighting the implications for prevention, intervention, and major public policy.

Each volume brings together distinguished scholars to present significant, original theory and research.

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