Filipino Parenting in the USA: The Experiences of Filipino Mothers in Northern Nevada

Aileen S. Garcia, Maria Rosario T. de Guzman

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Migration entails complex transformations in family functioning and dynamics, especially when traditional parenting beliefs and practices are not consistent with mainstream norms in the host country. Whereas some culturally embedded parenting beliefs might persist even after migration, others may acculturate or shift to align with child-rearing norms in the host community. Using a qualitative research design with elements of indigenous Filipino psychology (Sikolohiyang Pilipino), this study explored parenting experiences and beliefs of Filipino immigrant parents in the USA, with a specific lens towards examining continuity and change in traditional parenting practices. Results suggest that participants strongly maintain many aspects of traditional Filipino parenting, including teaching Filipino culture and values, employing Filipino parenting practices, observing Filipino traditions, establishing the child’s identity and maintaining a Filipino household. Findings were situated in the context of the research site, the complexities of the acculturation process and the potential challenges of negotiating cultural differences in parenting beliefs and practices.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)264-287
Number of pages24
JournalPsychology and Developing Societies
Issue number2
StatePublished - Sep 1 2017


  • Filipino Americans
  • Filipino culture
  • Filipino parenting
  • Nevada
  • parenting

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Psychology


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