Dr. Hsu-Min Chiang Discusses Parenting Needs of Chinese Parents of Children with Autism from America, Macau, and Taiwan

Hanna Wang
April 28, 2021

Chinese parents of children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) often have high parenting stress and face lots of stigma. However, limited research has focused on the parenting needs of this group and their comparisons across different societal settings. On March 18, 2021, Dr. Hsu-Min Chiang, Visiting Academic at the University of Saint Joseph, gave a lecture about her study on parenting needs of Chinese parents of children with autism from America, Macau, and Taiwan.

By recruiting 94 parents of children with ASD from the three societies through local organizations, Dr. Chiang compared the differences between Chinese American parents and Chinese parents in Macau and Taiwan in terms of support services received. She found that different societies have different expectations toward children’s behaviors, but all parents are worried about their children’s future and none of the support services were sufficient to meet the parents’ needs. Dr. Chiang suggested that parent education and social services should be designed to assist parents of children with ASD to gain knowledge and build self-efficacy to reduce their stress and support child development.

You can watch the video of this lecture here. This lecture was moderated by Qin Gao, Professor and Director of the Columbia China Center for Social Policy, which co-hosted the lecture with the Weatherhead East Asian Institute.

Columbia Affiliations
China Center for Social Policy