Perceived child behaviour problems, parenting stress, and marital satisfaction: Comparison of new arrival and local parents of preschool children in Hong Kong

S. L. Shirley LEUNG, Man Cynthia LEUNG, Ruth CHAN

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Abstract

OBJECTIVE: To compare parental perception of child behaviour problems, parenting stress, and marital satisfaction in new arrival and local parents. DESIGN: Cross-sectional survey; semi-structured interview. SETTING: Maternal and Child Health Centres, social service centres, preschools. PARTICIPANTS: Parents of preschool children, including new arrival parents and local parents. MAIN OUTCOME MEASURES: Child behaviour problems, parenting stress, and marital satisfaction. RESULTS: After controlling for socio-economic factors, new arrival parents were more troubled by their children's behaviour problems and their parent-child interactions were more dysfunctional than those of local parents. There were no differences in parent-reported severity of child behaviour problems, parental distress, and marital satisfaction. New arrival parents reported difficulties in adapting to the new living environment and lack of social support. CONCLUSIONS: New arrival parents were more troubled by their children's behaviour, and their parent-child interactions were more dysfunctional than those of local parents. These might in part be related to their settlement difficulties. Parenting programmes should address their specific settlement needs. Copyright © 2007 HKAM.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)364-371
JournalHong Kong Medical Journal
Volume13
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - Oct 2007

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Parenting
Child Behavior
Hong Kong
Preschool Children
Parents
Maternal-Child Health Centers
Social Work
Social Support
Cross-Sectional Studies
Economics
Interviews

Citation

Leung, S. S. L., Leung, C., & Chan, R. (2007). Perceived child behaviour problems, parenting stress, and marital satisfaction: Comparison of new arrival and local parents of preschool children in Hong Kong. Hong Kong Medical Journal, 13(5), 364-371.

Keywords

  • Child behavior disorders
  • Emigration and immigration
  • Marriage
  • Parenting
  • Psychological stress