Fertility and Childrearing of Foreign Brides in Taiwan
Demographers have long discussed the concept of acculturation to examine how new immigrants blend
themselves into the destination country. It is argued that the higher level of acculturation may lead to lower level of
emotional strain and more likely to identify themselves with the mainstream culture. The objective of our study is to
examine if these foreign-born mothers’ level of acculturation would affect their fertility, parenting styles, and parent-child
relations. The current study adopted two survey data collected in Southern Taiwan from immigrant mothers and their
children to examine the patterns of fertility and children’s correlations of emotional strain and deviance/delinquency.
Index Terms: acculturation, strain, parenting, parent-child, delinquency, teenagers, and social support