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ISSN : 2233-6710(Print)
ISSN : 2384-2121(Online)
Journal of Asia Pacific Counseling Vol.7 No.2 pp.123-140

Family Conflict, Asian Cultural Values, Perceived Parental Control, and Affectionate Care among Asian American College Students

Sara Cho Kim1, Yong Sue Park2, Bianca Sin-Wan Ho3, Ivan Wu4
1The George Washington University
2University of Southern California
3Hong Kong Shue Yan University
4Michigan State University
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The present study investigated the role of parental control and affectionate care in mediating the relationship between perceived parents’ Asian cultural values and family conflict among 193 female and 98 male Asian American college students. Testing of mediator effects indicated that parental control and affectionate care mediated the relationship between parents’ Asian values and family conflict: fully for men and partially for women. Women indicated higher levels of parental control from fathers than did men. An inverse relationship was noted for mother’s stronger adherence to Asian values and care for both men and women. The findings suggest that affectionate care and parental control are significant contributing factors in family conflict among Asian Americans.