Dr. Fuligni's research focuses on family relationships and adolescent development among culturally and ethnically diverse populations, with particular attention to teenagers from Asian and Latin American backgrounds. Much of his work has examined the adaptation of immigrant families to American society, and how that adaptation process ultimately influences the development and adjustment of adolescents in those families. In several studies, he has employed multiple methods to examine the extent to which the cultural beliefs and values of adolescents in immigrant families shape their family relationships, peer relationships, educational adjustment, and psychological well-being. Most recently, he has been employing daily diary methods in studies in New York, Los Angeles, and San Francisco in order to examine how the members of immigrant families adapt to the daily demands of adjusting to American society, and how that adaptation process ultimately affects their psychological well-being and educational adjustment.
For more information, go to the Adolescence, Ethnicity, and Immigration Research Program website.