Grandparenting in Chinese immigrant families

Xiaolin Xie, Yan Xia

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In light of the life course perspective, this semistructured interview study with 29 grandparents involved in the caregiving of their grandchildren in Chinese immigrant families revealed three major themes: intergenerational connectedness and continuity of cultural practices, role varieties and responsibilities, and adjustment and adaptation. Despite immigration, Chinese grandparents continued the tradition of providing care to grandchildren. Although the grandparent role entailed responsibilities and there were adjustments to make when living in the new place, overall, grandparents considered their caregiving experiences positive. Support to these grandparents, however, was needed at both family and community levels to ensure their stay in the United States and their continuous contribution to their adult children's lives.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)383-396
Number of pages14
JournalMarriage and Family Review
Issue number6
StatePublished - Sep 2011

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  • Social Sciences (miscellaneous)

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