Information about the Study

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Hello!

This information sheet is to introduce the Midwest Longitudinal Study of Asian American Families (ML-SAAF) Project and ask for your participation in our survey.

The ML-SAAF Project is being conducted by Professor Yoonsun Choi at the School of Social Service Administration, University of Chicago. The study is funded by the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD), a federal agency that supports research on child health and development. The primary purpose of the ML-SAAF is to study adolescent development and how parents can help maximize youth potential.

ML-SAAF: The research team aims to survey-interview 900 families; specifically, 450 Filipino American families and 450 Korean American families. In each family, we ask mother (or primary caretaker) and a child (age between 12 and 17 or currently attending middle or high school) to participate, which adds up to 1,800 individuals. The ML-SAAF Project is the largest in size and scope in this area of research and is an ambitious project. We ask for your participation! The ML-SAAF aspires to produce the highest quality data to accurately portray Asian American families. Please be part of this exciting and important study!

You can participate either by individual person-to-person interview or self-administration of survey questionnaire. Interviewers or our research staff will first contact you to explain the study and ask for participation. If you agree to participate, we will schedule a time and meet for interview at a place that is convenient for you or we will provide you the survey for you to fill out and return it to us in the pre-paid envelope (or you can participate via web). The survey is available in English, Tagalog and Korean.

As a token of appreciation for participation in the survey, we give $40 for adults and $20 for youth after the survey interview. When youth plans to participate, parent will be asked to participate. Even if parent does not want to participate, child can participate if parent gives permission. We anticipate interviews to be about 1 hour and a half for parents and about 1 hour for youth.

In our previous survey with families on similar topics, parents told us that participating in the survey was a pleasant experience and was a good opportunity to reflect on parenting and how to better raise their children. Children too shared similar sentiments. In addition, your participation in the survey will not only help better understand Asian American families but also inform all parents, regardless of their racial-ethnic background, how to raise children well in this ever-changing and highly competitive society.

Brief background: There is an emerging interest in understanding how Asian American parents raise their children, especially because Asian American children show better academic and behavioral outcomes than groups of other racial-ethnic backgrounds. There may be things that Asian parents do to produce good academic performance and good behaviors in their children. We, however, know little about how Asian American parents raise their children.

For this study, Filipino- and Korean American families were selected because the small number of existing studies rarely includes Filipino American and Korean Americans, although they are one of the largest Asian American subgroups. They also have interesting similarities and differences from which we can learn a great deal. For example, on one hand, parents from both groups tend to be highly educated and middle-income families and preserve many traditions, such as strong family values, respect for elders and close family ties. On the other hand, Filipino American parents are mostly English speaking and Korean parents are mostly Korean speaking, showing a different rate of cultural assimilation. We would like to investigate these similarities and differences and see how they are related to parenting and children's development. This study is a longitudinal study that will produce truly the one and only data that could show how children develop over time and how Asian parenting can help better development.

Using survey method, our research team would like to learn from you how you raise your children and how you manage cultural differences in parenting (e.g. Korean/Filipino ways vs. American ways). We would like to ask your child similar questions to examine what is beneficial to their growth. Please be assured that the data from the survey are analyzed together, so no individual and personal information will be revealed in any way. You can find more details at http://archivessascholars.uchicago.edu/mlsaaf/.

Please call the ML-SAAF Team at mlsaaf@ssa.uchicago.edu or (773) 702-5883. If you have given us your contact information, we will contact you shortly. We will explain the study and its procedures more in details. We sincerely hope that you would participate in the survey.