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J Immigr Minor Health. 2011 Aug;13(4):635-46. doi: 10.1007/s10903-010-9398-5.

Place of origin and violent disagreement among Asian American families: analysis across five States.

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Department and Graduate Institute of Health Services Administration, China Medical University, No 91 Hsueh-Shih Road, Taichung 40402, Taiwan.


We examined the prevalence of and factors associated with violent and heated disagreements in the Asian American families, with an emphasis on place of birth differences between parent and child. Data were obtained from the 2003 National Survey of Children's Health, limited to five states with the highest concentration of Asian-Americans (n = 793). Multivariable analysis used generalized logistic regression models with a three-level outcome, violent and heated disagreement versus calm discussion. Violent disagreements were reported in 13.7% of Asian-American homes and 9.9% of white homes. Differential parent-child place of birth was associated with increased odds for heated disagreement in Asian-American families. Parenting stress increased the likelihood of violent disagreements in both Asian-American and white families. Asian-American families are not immune to potential family violence. Reducing parenting stress and intervening in culturally appropriate ways to reduce generation differences should be violence prevention priorities.

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