Thank you for your interest in this research project. Data
collection for this project has been completed and some results are available below. Other
results will be added to this webpage as available.
studies may be planned to follow-up on these findings.
NEW Papers and Presentations!
Ferguson, G. M., & Bornstein, M. H. (in press). Remote acculturation: The "Americanization" of Jamaican Islanders. International Journal of Behavioral Development. Contact first author for copy (email@example.com)
Kumar, A., & Ferguson, G. M. (September, 2011). CFLS Brief #2: Understanding ‘Americanized Jamaicans’: Consumption and Communication Habits.
Ferguson, G. M., Bornstein, M. H., & Pottinger, A. M. (in press).Tridimensional
acculturation and adaptation among Jamaican adolescent-mother dyads in the United States. Child Development, Special Section on children in immigrant families. Contact first author for copy (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Ferguson, G. M., Bornstein, M. H., & Pottinger, A. M. (April, 2011).Tridimensional
acculturation and adaptation among Black U.S. immigrants: The case of
Jamaican adolescents and their mothers. In R. Dimitrova, & G. M.
Ferguson (Co-chairs), The influence of immigration in children and youth: Evidence from Europe, Canada and USA. Symposium conducted at the Biennial Meeting of the Society for Research in Child Development, Montreal, Quebec, Canada.
Ferguson, G. M., & Bornstein, M. H. (April, 2011). Remote acculturation in the 21st Century. Poster
presentation at the Biennial Meeting of the Society for Research in Child Development, Montreal, Quebec, Canada.
Ferguson, G. M., (April, 2011). Using
the BACAH with Black immigrants: Behavioral adaptation of Jamaican
adolescent-mother dyads living in the United States. In G. M.
Ferguson (Chair), Culturally appropriate assessment of behavioral and emotional functioning in North American and Caribbean Adolescents. Symposium conducted at the Biennial Meeting of the Society for Research in Child Development, Montreal, Quebec, Canada.
Ferguson, G. M., (January, 2011). The BIG Difference a small Island Can Make: A Paradigm Shift in 21st Century Acculturation Theory. Faculty "Fridays at Four"
presentation at Knox College, Galesburg, Illinois.
Culture and Family Life Study - In the Field
Study participants complete questionnaires at a Caribbean Festival in Chicago, Illinois, USA, 2009
Principal Investigator, Dr. Ferguson, takes a break from from data collection at a high school in Kingston, Jamaica, 2009
Briefs and Older Presentations
Ferguson, G. M., Bornstein, M. H., & Pottinger, A. M. (July, 2010). Acculturation and adaptation of Jamaican Immigrant families in the U.S. Poster
presentation at the 21st Biennial Meeting of the International Society
for the Study of Behavioral Development, Lusaka, Zambia.
G. M., & Bornstein, M. H. (July, 2010). Remote acculturation: The
"Americanization" of native Jamaican adolescents and their mothers. In J. Santo (Chair), An ecological systems theory approach to child and adolescent development. Symposium conducted at the at the 21st Biennial Meeting of the International Society for the Study of Behavioral Development, Lusaka, Zambia.
Reuter, C. R., & Ferguson, G. M. (March, 2010). CFLS Brief #1: Beliefs
regarding teenagers' rights and obligations across four cultural
groups: Jamaicans, Jamaican Americans, African Americans, and European
Culture and Family Life Study - In the Lab
Dr. Ferguson and research assistants Aparna Kumar (bottom) & Joyce Lee discuss progress, 2011
Research assistant Joyce Lee (L) shares a secret for speedy data entry with Aparna Kumar (C) and Dr. Ferguson (R), 2011
What is the Culture &
Family Life Study?
Culture & Family Life Study is a survey of family
parent-teen relationships in Illinois and New York, USA and
Jamaica. This study is headed by an international research
based in the USA and in Jamaica (see contact
Our aim is to learn more about what teenagers
and mothers from different cultures find important and how
relate to each other. Interested and eligible teenagers and
their mothers are invited to participate after learning
more about the study by reading through this page.
Who can participate?
study is for male and female teenagers between
11 and 17 years old and their mothers. Only one mother-teen pair
family is eligible to participate.
Participants who complete surveys will each receive a gift or have a chance to win a larger gift.
How can I be sure this is not
an internet scam?
study will not ask you for any money or request private information
such as credit card information, immigration records, social security number, or taxpayer registration number.
You may also notice that this web page is
hosted by the Knox College server,
which is the academic institution of the principal investigator, Dr.
Gail M. Ferguson. Full
contact information for Dr. Ferguson is included below and you are
welcome to call, email, or write to ask questions you may have about
at any time. Institutional
affiliations and institutional websites for all the investigators are
also provided below, where you may learn more about each
How will my privacy
take your privacy very seriously. The principal investigator will ensure that each
results will be
kept private and confidential. Your
answers will not be shown to other
members, teachers, pastors, or friends. That means parents will not see
teenagers' answers and teenagers will not see their parents '
personal information you provide, such as your name, will be
stored separately from you answers entered in the survey. Only members
the research team and our assistants will have access to the data ,
which will be stored on password protected computers. Results
all participants will be grouped together and analyzed to produce group
results. Results from individual participants will not be singled out. Again, this
study will NOT ask you about your legal immigration status or such
personal information. Your responses will be used strictly for internal
research purposes; we guarantee that they will NOT be shared with any other organization, solicitor or government agency.
What are the pros and cons of
ask about issues ordinarily encountered in
daily life; therefore, participating in this study should not cause
undue stress. Rather,
participants may benefit from increased
personal awareness and improved family communication. The
of this study may also be used to help educators, health care
policy makers, and community organizations understand the
of diverse families today. Please note: Surveys
are no longer available for the Culture and Family Life Study as data
collection has been completed. However, future studies may
be planned to follow-up on these findings.
Culture and Family Life Study is conducted
in accordance with the
guidelines for ethical human research established by Knox College, the
the West Indies, and the American Psychological Association.
independent advice on your rights as a research participant, please
USA) Professor Frank McAndrew, Chair, Institutional
Board, Knox College, 2 East South Street, Galesburg, Illinois 61401,
(309)341-7525, email: email@example.com; or (In Jamaica) Professor
Archibald McDonald, Dean, Faculty of Medical Sciences, University of
the West Indies, Mona, Kingston 7, (876) 927-1297, email: