TitleSocial networks and immigration stress among first-generation Mandarin-speaking Chinese immigrants in Los Angeles
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2015
AuthorsLi, Y, C. Hofstetter, R, Wahlgren, D, Irvin, VL, Chhay, D, Hovell, MF
JournalInternational Journal of Social Welfare
Pagination170 - 181
Date Published01/2015

This study examined relationships between social networks and immigration stress among first‐generation Chinese immigrants. Using data from a larger study of health behavior among first‐generation Mandarin/English‐speaking immigrants residing in the Los Angeles metropolitan area (N = 1,183), this study found that Chinese immigrants living closer to immediate family and maintaining larger social networks experienced lower immigration stress. Unexpectedly, immigrants with larger family sizes and who participated in voluntary associations (e.g., religious, alumni, and nationality associations) reported increased immigration stress. The findings suggest that practitioners need to be cautious of a possible downside in designing interventions to expand social networks among immigrant clients. The study is especially important in the context of a rapidly increasing immigrant population from Mainland China to the USA.

Short TitleInternational Journal of Social Welfare