Parent-child relational problems may include "impaired communication, over-protection, [and] inadequate discipline" (DSM-IV, 1994, p. 681). Acculturation problems may lead to parent-child relational problems in the form of impaired communication. For example, later generation Asian and Hispanic adolescents may disagree with their early generation parents in certain issues involving customs and lifestyles (e.g., dressing, dating) because parents are less acculturated than their children into the American society The phenomenon of machismo among Hispanic fathers could lead to the overprotection of their children. Inadequate disciplining of children and adolescents among American Indian parents may be the result of the parents belonging to different tribes. If a practitioner understands that certain cultural variables can easily explain why these parent-child relational problems exist, nothing will be wrong with these examples. In this case, the practitioner should emphasize these variables during the assessment and treatment of the particular family (Paniagua, 1998).
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