The study employed a qualitative and social constructionist approach to examine cultural differences in intercultural parenting and how intercultural parents negotiated their differences. Semi-structured in-depth interviews were conducted with twenty eight intercultural couples/parents. Thematic analysis was used to analyse data and understand the meanings of participants' experiences. The findings revealed that while intercultural couples experienced several similar aspects of parenting experienced by homogenous couples, their experiences were exacerbated because of the cultural differences. Besides culture, systemic, contextual and ecological factors were also found to impact on the experiences of intercultural parents. Two major themes regarding managing intercultural parenting differences developed from the narratives (1) problem solving and survival strategies, and (2) advice for intercultural couples/parents. Practical implications for therapists and counsellors working with intercultural parents/couples are discussed.
Dharam Bhugun, Southern Cross University, Australia
Stream: Cultural Studies
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