The current study examines what constitutes good parents in the Hmong community in Minnesota. Nineteen parents (12 mothers and 7 fathers) participated in the study, and they represented 47.4% first-generation, 42.1% second-generation, and 10.5% 1.5-generation. Phenomenology was employed and symbolic interaction theory was utilized as a guiding framework to understand the meaning participants attached to their parenting role. Analyses of the interviews revealed seven domains and 46 themes that constitute good parents, including (1) provision, (2) involvement, (3) communication, (4) characteristics of good parents, (5) community perception, (6) motivation for being good parents, and (7) good parent education. Implications of the study and future research efforts are also discussed.
University of Minnesota M.A. thesis. March 2012. Major: Family social science. Advisor: Zha Blong Xiong, Ph.D. 1 computer file (PDF); vi, 79 pages, appendices A-B.
Mao, Dung Minh.
What does it mean to be a “Good Parent” according to Hmong parents?: a phenomenological study..
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