KIDS & FAMILY PROJECT
The Chinese American Population
Recent research by a few other teams interested in Asian Americans has suggested that there is substantial heterogeneity within the Asian (including Chinese) American population with regard to mental health adjustment (e.g., Costigan & Dokis, 2006; Hahm et al., 2003; Kim & Ge, 2000; Qin et al., 2008). A wide range of environmental and personal factors, including cultural factors (e.g., immigration history, cultural orientation), family dynamics (e.g., parenting, parent-child relationship, home language use), peer interactions (e.g., experience with racial discrimination), school experiences (e.g., teacher-child relationship), and neighborhood environment have been linked to the psychological well-being of Asian American children and youth.
Kids & Family Project (KFP)
The Kids & Family Project is a longitudinal study of first- and second- generation Chinese American children’s psychological and academic development. As one of the largest longitudinal studies that focus exclusively on Chinese American children, the study is following more than 250 Chinese American elementary school children and their families living in the San Francisco Bay Area. The project has three main goals:
1. To learn about how Chinese American children develop emotionally, socially, and academically;
2. To identify things in the family, school, and neighborhood that might place some Chinese American children at risk for maladjustment, and to identify the strengths of this population;
3. To help developing prevention programs that can reduce mental health problems and promote wellbeing in Chinese American children from immigrant families.
How to Participate?
Because the KFP is a longitudinal study and recruitment is already completed, we are NOT enrolling new families into the project. However, families who have participated in the first wave of assessment will continue to be followed by our team in the upcoming years. We will invite these families back to our lab to take part in periodic assessment of children’s social, emotional, and academic development.
To Current KFP Families:
We’d like to stay in touch with you! If you have moved or plan to move, please contact us with your current address and phone number. You can reach us by phone at 510-643-5338, by email: KidsFamilyProject@gmail.com, or by mail: Professor Qing Zhou, 3210 Tolman Hall #1650, University of California, Berkeley, CA 94720-1650.