Adolescents' perceptions of their parents' academic expectations: Comparison of American, Chinese-American, and Chinese high school students

Huabin Chen, William Lan

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Abstract

Cultural background not only influences family beliefs about the value of education, but may affect how academic expectations are communicated by parents and perceived by their children. This study examined differences in willingness to conform to parents' expectations of academic achievement as perceived by American, Chinese-American, and Chinese high school students. Findings indicated that Chinese students were more willing to accept their parents' advice and cared more about fulfilling academic expectations than did American students. Students in all three groups had similar feelings of independence. The views of Chinese-American students reflected the influence of both their Chinese heritage and the American culture in which they resided.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)385-390
Number of pages6
JournalAdolescence
Volume33
Issue number130
StatePublished - Jun 1998

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