Chitra Akkoor

Date of Award


Degree Name

Master of Arts



First Advisor

Dr. Maria K. Lapinski

Second Advisor

Dr. Leigh Ford

Third Advisor

Sue Ellen Christian

Access Setting

Masters Thesis-Open Access


The purpose of this study was to explore the experiences of Asian Indian immigrant women raising children in the U.S. as value contradictions between Asian Indian culture and U.S. culture. Relational dialectics in parent-child relationships among Asian Indian immigrant women and their children was also explored using the dialectcial perspective. Participants for the study were 20 Asian Indian women chosen randomly from the Kalamazoo-Battle Creek (MI) AI community who participated in one-one-interviews. Results of the study showed that participants experienced value contradictions in child-rearing. All four contradictions addressed in research on relational dialectics were also discovered in the context of the present study. Secondary tensions emerged for autonomy-connection, and judgment-acceptance dialectics. Finally, communication strategies used by the participants of the study were explored and it was determined that internal communication (within the mother-child relationship) was used more frequently by participants than external communication (with family, friends and others), and intrapersonal communication.