Socioemotional Development of Dual Language Learners and Children of Immigrant Families: The Roles of Culture, Language, and Parenting

Colloquium | September 24 | 4-5:30 p.m. |  Shorb House, Latinx Research Center

 2547 Channing Way, Berkeley, CA 94720

 Qing Zhou, Associate Professor of Psychology, UC Berkeley

 Institute for the Study of Societal Issues, Department of Psychology, Institute of Human Development

One out of four children in the United States is growing up in an immigrant family. One out of five children in the U.S. are dual language learners (DLLs). Children of immigrant families and DLLs are exposed to diverse cultural values and languages in early development and face developmentally unique challenges and opportunities. In this talk, Professor Zhou will discuss the ecological model for understanding risk and protective factors for psychological adjustment in children of immigrant families and language minority homes. She will share findings from the ongoing longitudinal studies on children in Chinese American and Mexican American immigrant families in the San Francisco Bay Area conducted by her team in the Family and Culture Lab. Specific research questions are: 1) How do cultural orientations and language shape parental emotion socialization and children’s socioemotional adjustment? 2) How do English and heritage language development shape children’s executive functions and parent-child relationships in immigrant families? Implications of research findings for clinical interventions and early childhood education programs serving children of immigrant families and DLLs will also be discussed.