Incorporating the Satir Model for Chinese Immigrant Parenting Groups that Focus on Youth Psychological Adjustment
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Building Connections—You and Your Adolescent is a facilitators’ guide created for Chinese-Canadian parents on a journey of self-discovery. The goals are to create effective parenting strategies, set realistic expectations, and build healthy connections with their children. Parenting is influenced by culture and values although in the case of adolescents who have gone through the immigration process, acculturation can have great impact on the psychosocial adjustment of these youth who are conflicted by the push and pull of two cultures (Costigan & Dokis, 2006; Tardif & Geva, 2006). This thesis addresses how to incorporate the culturally sensitive Satir Model towards Chinese-Canadian parenting groups focusing on the youths’ psychological adjustment. This study is based on the hypothesis that when parents learn new techniques and tools related to parenting, new possibilities emerge. The guide provides a framework for facilitators to help parents build a better connection with their children, resulting in an easier adjustment to the new culture with better self-esteem and less depressive symptoms, thus creating a more harmonious relationship between parent and child.