Environment matters: How are neighborhood structural indexes associated with parenting stress among Asian immigrant families?

Fei Pei, Susan Yoon, Fuhua Zhai, Qin Gao

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Abstract

The Asian immigrant population is the fourth largest immigrant population in the United States, and its parenting stress issues have been consistently recognized in previous studies. However, little attention has been paid to neighborhood-level factors and their parenting stress. Using the Study of Asian American Families and 2016 American Community Survey 5-year estimates, this study examined the association between neighborhood structural indexes and Asian immigrant parents parenting stress, along with the mechanism driving the relationship. We found that cultural orientation and social support fully mediated the effects of economic disadvantages on parenting stress among Asian immigrant parents. Only cultural orientation mediated the direct effects of ethnic heterogeneity on Asian parents parenting stress. Improving Asian immigrants living environment, including economic status and ethnic diversity, would be critical to relieve the parenting stress of Asian immigrant families. Interventions and preventions to increase social support, and inform cultural orientation and acculturation are emphasized.

Original languageEnglish
Article numbere0293594
JournalPLoS ONE
Volume18
Issue number11 November
DOIs
StatePublished - Nov 2023

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