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A model of mother–child adjustment in Arab Muslim immigrants to the US

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dc.contributor.author Kulwicki, Anahid
dc.contributor.author Arorian, Karen
dc.contributor.author Hough, Edythe S.
dc.contributor.author Ramaswamy, Vidya
dc.contributor.author Katz, Anne
dc.date.accessioned 2017-10-20T08:24:02Z
dc.date.available 2017-10-20T08:24:02Z
dc.date.copyright 2009 en_US
dc.identifier.issn 1879-2987 en_US
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10725/6375
dc.description.abstract We examined the mother–child adjustment and child behavior problems in Arab Muslim immigrant families residing in the U.S.A. The sample of 635 mother–child dyads was comprised of mothers who emigrated from 1989 or later and had at least one early adolescent child between the ages of 11 and 15 years old who was also willing to participate. Arabic speaking research assistants collected the data from the mothers and children using established measures of maternal and child stressors, coping, and social support; maternal distress; parent–child relationship; and child behavior problems. A structural equation model (SEM) was specified a priori with 17 predicted pathways. With a few exceptions, the final SEM model was highly consistent with the proposed model and had a good fit to the data. The model accounted for 67% of the variance in child behavior problems. Child stressors, mother–child relationship, and maternal stressors were the causal variables that contributed the most to child behavior problems. The model also accounted for 27% of the variance in mother–child relationship. Child active coping, child gender, mother's education, and maternal distress were all predictive of the mother–child relationship. Mother–child relationship also mediated the effects of maternal distress and child active coping on child behavior problems. These findings indicate that immigrant mothers contribute greatly to adolescent adjustment, both as a source of risk and protection. These findings also suggest that intervening with immigrant mothers to reduce their stress and strengthening the parent–child relationship are two important areas for promoting adolescent adjustment. en_US
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.title A model of mother–child adjustment in Arab Muslim immigrants to the US en_US
dc.type Article en_US
dc.description.version Published en_US
dc.author.school SON en_US
dc.author.idnumber 201606027 en_US
dc.author.department N/A en_US
dc.description.embargo N/A en_US
dc.relation.journal Social Science & Medicine en_US
dc.journal.volume 69 en_US
dc.journal.issue 9 en_US
dc.article.pages 1377-1386 en_US
dc.keywords USA en_US
dc.keywords Arabs en_US
dc.keywords Immigration en_US
dc.keywords Mother–child adjustment en_US
dc.keywords Children en_US
dc.keywords Child behavior problems en_US
dc.identifier.doi https://doi.org/10.1016/j.socscimed.2009.08.027 en_US
dc.identifier.ctation Aroian, K., Hough, E. S., Templin, T. N., Kulwicki, A., Ramaswamy, V., & Katz, A. (2009). A model of mother–child adjustment in Arab Muslim immigrants to the US. Social Science & Medicine, 69(9), 1377-1386. en_US
dc.author.email anahid.kulwicki@lau.edu.lb en_US
dc.identifier.tou http://libraries.lau.edu.lb/research/laur/terms-of-use/articles.php en_US
dc.identifier.url http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0277953609005528 en_US
dc.author.affiliation Lebanese American University en_US


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