The impact of migrant and Swiss family characteristics on adolescents’ life satisfaction

Auteur Asli CAN
Directeur /trice Prof Dominik Schoebi
Co-directeur(s) /trice(s)
Résumé de la thèse

Family dynamics and their effects on adolescents have been broadly researched, but a more specific topic that remains comparatively neglected is the difference in dynamics between migrant and Swiss families, together with their effects on adolescents’ life satisfaction and school success. The purpose of this study is to investigate family dynamics (risky and healthy) to compare migrant + Swiss adolescents’ life satisfaction and school success. The main research questions are: How do family characteristics affect adolescents’ life satisfaction and school success? How do the factors of life satisfaction and academic success associate? Do we see differences between migrant + Swiss adolescents in these associations? To answer these questions, family-related scales will be used to collect data from parents (family cohesion scale, family assessment device, and parenting practising questionnaire). In addition, the main method for collecting data from adolescents will be the day reconstruction method (DRM) (Kahneman et al., 2004) to measure life satisfaction of adolescents. Results of the study are expected to contribute to an overlooked perspective of family studies.

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