An Untold Story: A Qualitative Study of Asian American Family Strengths

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Despite extensive research on family strength theories, to date there has been a paucity of studies that have adopted a strengths-based approach to understanding Asian American families. The purpose of this qualitative study was to examine perceptions of family strengths among 12 Asian American parents and children. The findings uncovered 6 themes: (a) parents providing practical help, (b) open communication, (c) recreational activities, (d) respect for children's autonomy, (e) comparisons with other Asian American families, and (f) parents' sacrificial love. The practical implications of these findings are discussed.

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