Editors Sharon M. Ballard and Alan C. Taylor bridge the gap between research and practice by examining and presenting key strategies for working with diverse populations, including those based on race and ethnicity, family structure, geographic location, and context. By defining 11 diverse groups and presenting their strengths and unique cultural characteristics, the editors present an evidence-based practice approach with each chapter, prescribing the best practices for working with these diverse groups in regard to general family life education (FLE) needs, educator characteristics, ethical considerations, marketing and recruitment, modes of learning, and environmental considerations. This book is essential for students who are preparing to work with families, as well as professionals engaging in FLE activities with diverse populations.

Family Life Education with Asian Immigrant Families

Family life education with Asian immigrant families
Shann Hwa (Abraham)Hwang, CFLE

As the author of this chapter, I draw on my varied experiences in both research and family life education with the Asian immigration population. However, the more I study and interact with Asian immigrant families, the more I feel excited, fascinated, and surprised like a young jeweler examining diamonds. Each one shines differently from the others and has so much to offer. The moment I feel confident in what I know about Asian immigrant families, new research findings accumulated across disciplines and new insights given by Asian participants in family life education programs have shed additional light on these “diamonds” that fascinate me both personally and professionally. This chapter ...

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