Broadly defined, family environment refers to both familial and external contexts in which families are embedded. Enduring and defining characteristics of a family, such as raising a physically challenged child, spousal violence, living in a foreign country, and/or poverty, set families in context that shapes every aspect of family interactions and functioning. In addition, families are in constant contact with their outer surroundings, such as community and school, which also influence families.
In this lab, we study psychological and sociocultural well-being and adjustment of families and (adolescent) children in stressful familial contexts, such as spousal violence, family conflict, and international migration. Further, as we recognize that families do not exist in isolation but are embedded in and shaped by their environment, we are also interested in the interplay between the two. Currently, we are conducting a study comparing Korean and multicultural families from similar socioeconomic backgrounds in three key areas: (1) Family relationships and parenting practices; (2) Social, cultural, financial, and psychological adjustment; and (3) Community involvement and sense of community.