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

Auteur Asli CAN
Directeur /trice Prof Dominik Schoebi
Co-directeur(s) /trice(s)
Résumé de la thèse Family is the first and the smallest system where a person experiences a variety of emotions for the first time and learns how to adjust to them. Family dynamics and their effects on adolescents are broadly researched, but more specifically looking at the differences between the dynamics of migrant families and Swiss families, together with their effects on adolescents’ life satisfaction and school success, is a topic that remains comparatively untouched. The purpose of my study is to investigate the family dynamics (risky and healthy families) to see adolescents’ life satisfaction and school success while comparing migrant and Swiss families. The main research questions are: how do family characteristics affect adolescents’ life satisfaction and their school success? How do the factors of life satisfaction and academic success associate? Do we see differences between adolescents with migration and adolescents with a local background in these associations? To answer these questions, family related scales and a life satisfaction scale will be used to measure the variables in a broader perspective. Also, the main method for collecting data from the families will be the day reconstruction method (DRM) which works like a diary (Kahneman et al., 2004). The results of the study are expected to contribute to an overlooked perspective of family studies with the major help of the Institute of Family Research and Counseling in Fribourg.
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