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McNair Scholar 2012Touhue Ly

Touhue Ly is a senior at the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point, majoring in Psychology with a Human Services emphasis. His research interests include Hmong acculturation and identity development within the various minority populations. He plans to pursue a Ph.D. in Marriage and Family Therapy to assist the Hmong community.

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My dream is to help children of divorced parents deal with their problems in positive ways, as well as to create a world where education is free for those who wish to learn.

Research project

Intergenerational Transmission of Hopelessness in Hmong American Families

Abstract: Trauma and negative traits have been found to be transmitted between generations; with younger generations exhibiting behaviors similar to older generations.  Yet, the transmission of hopelessness between parents and children, especially in Hmong families, has not been investigated.  Therefore, the purpose of this study was to explore the transmission of hopelessness within Hmong families and to find out whether hopelessness is transmitted across children.  Perceptions of delinquency were examined between parents (n=15) and adolescents (n=9) in this study.  The grounded theory analysis revealed four common themes in relation to hopelessness between Hmong parents and their children: Current situation, children/family/peer behaviors, indirect/uninvolved behaviors and lack of communication skills.  Based on these four themes, a theory was formed to explain the transmission of hopelessness between the Hmong parents and their children. Download poster. [PDF]

Faculty profile

Zha Blong Xiong is an associate professor in the Department of Family and Social Sciences at the University of Minnesota.  Dr. Xiong attended the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities where he received his M.A. and Ph.D. in 1997 and 2000. The primary focus of his research has been on adolescent development in the context of family, school and community, especially with immigrant populations. Dr. Xiong's research has been published in multiple research journals, and he has won several awards throughout his career for outstanding performance. Dr. Xiong has been a McNair and faculty mentor for the past twelve years.