Unended Quest: Life Goals, Values, and Immigrant Parents in New Zealand

Zhang, Kaili (2020) Unended Quest: Life Goals, Values, and Immigrant Parents in New Zealand. Journal of Religion and Health . ISSN 0022-4197

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Abstract

Prior literature shows that values and life goals are associated
with one’s long-term levels of well-being. However, not much
has been done on values and life goals among immigrants in
New Zealand. This study aimed to address this lack of
research by examining the personal values and life goals
among immigrant parents in New Zealand. Based on the
literature review, the hypothesis of this study is that immigrant
parents’ intrinsic life goals were positively correlated with
their spiritual values. In contrast, extrinsic goals did not have
similar effects. Quantitative and qualitative research methods
were used. The aspirations index, which was used to assess
life goals, and the Schwartz’ value survey, which measured the
participants’ personal values, were both distributed to the
participants (N = 90). Follow-up interviews with 30 of the
participants were also conducted. This research revealed that
spiritual values were positively correlated with intrinsic goals
and that extrinsic goals did not have similar correlations.
Findings also showed that the primary role of life goals and
spiritual values is to imbue parenting with a greater sense of
purpose and meaning. As the research findings showed that
spiritual values were positively correlated with intrinsic goals,
helping immigrant parents to find meaning and purpose in
parenting may promote child and family well-being. The paper
discusses implications for parent education, social services,
and future research.

Keywords:Personal values; Life goals; Immigrant parents; Parenting; New Zealand
Subjects:C Biological Sciences > C890 Psychology not elsewhere classified
Divisions:College of Social Science > School of Education
ID Code:43346
Deposited On:16 Dec 2020 12:42

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