Parent–Child Relationships Among African Immigrant Families in Canada.
Salami, Bukola. Alaazi, Dominic A. Yohani, Sophie. Vallianatos, Helen. Okeke‐Ihejirika, Philomina. Ayalew, Tesfaye. Nsaliwa, Christina.
Published: October 2020
Vol. 69, No. 4 , p. 743-755
John Wiley & Sons
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Hoboken, NJ 07030-5774
Objective: To examine the factors that influence parent–child relationships in African immigrant families in Alberta, Canada. Background: African immigrants are increasingly migrating to high‐income countries, including Canada, in search of a better life. These immigrants often face several challenges, including parenting their children in new sociocultural contexts. We present findings from a critical ethnographic study of parent–child relationships among African immigrants in Alberta, Canada. Method: Informed by transnational feminist theory, we conducted interviews with 14 African immigrant community leaders, 31 African immigrant parents, and 12 service providers and policymakers. Results: We found that conflicting cultural practices and value systems, shifting power relations, low socioeconomic status, and gender relations exert both beneficial and strenuous influences on parent–child relations. Conclusion: The determinants of parenting practices and parent–child relationships include the intersecting influences of gender, social class, culture, and changing power relations across transnational spaces. Implications: Our findings suggest several policy and practice implications. In particular, we suggest a need to attend to diverse determinants of child well‐being, including income, gender relations, culturally sensitive service delivery, and changing power relations across transnational spaces. (Author abstract)
PARENT CHILD RELATIONSHIPS; CANADA; ALBERTA; AFRICA; IMMIGRANTS; ETHNIC GROUPS; MINORITY GROUPS; PARENTING SKILLS; CULTURAL FACTORS; SOCIOCULTURAL DIMENSIONS