Experiences of intergenerational family conflict are a prominent concern within the Asian American community. They are at a heightened risk of experiencing intergenerational family conflict compared to other immigrant families. Intergenerational family conflict occurs when an immigrant parent acculturates to a new mainstream culture at a slower rate than the offspring and as a result, an acculturation mismatch is created. Intergenerational family conflict is unique to this population because acculturation-based conflict involves cultural differences that tend to deepen over time, lasting beyond the adolescent stage. According to several findings, Asian American families are experiencing poorer psychological adjustment along with many other acculturative stressors they are simultaneously navigating. This dissertation includes a comprehensive review of the literature related to the psychological needs of Asian American interventions. The impact of current and historical acculturative stressors is explored to provide context to the occurrence of intergenerational family conflict. A primary aim of this study is to decrease the gap in the literature for interventions to treat Asian Americans struggling with family conflict and acculturative stressors and increase providers’ capability to deliver culturally congruent treatment.

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Intergenerational relations--Asian Americans; Families--Psychological aspects; Psychotherapy

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Graduate School of Education and Psychology



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Thema Bryant-Davis