Child, Youth, and Family Studies, Department of


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Published in Sourcebook of Family Theory and Research, ed. V. L. Bengston, A. C. Acock, K. R. Allen, P. Dilworth-Anderson, & D. M. Klein (Thousand Oaks, CA: SAGE Publications, 2005), pp. 108-111.


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The landscape of American demography has changed dramatically since the middle of the 20th century. Research indicates that the number of immigrants to the United States will continue to increase rapidly over the next three decades (Day, 1996). As the immigrant population grows, so does the necessity for family researchers to build theories to describe and explain the experiences of the new immigrant families. The research that we present here is aimed at expanding the knowledge base in relation to the resilience of newcomers in the Midwest; this study involved the use of both qualitative (holistic) and quantitative (scientific) methods. Our specific objectives in this case study are to identify the strengths of new Chinese immigrant families and to add to the family strengths model.