Date of Award

Fall 2007

Project Type


Program or Major


Degree Name

Master of Arts


The acculturation and psychological adjustment of daughters of Greek immigrants were examined. Six Greek-American females of Greek immigrant parents between the ages of twenty-five and forty were interviewed. Results indicate a sense of being different and a moderately restricted childhood. Mother's parenting style was very involved and father's parenting style differed across respondents. A "good little Greek girl" was someone who did not embarrass the family, obeyed the parents, and did not date. Meeting parental expectations regarding education was common. All identified themselves as bicultural, both Greek and American, though more strongly American. Feeling comfortable with self within the two cultures was strong and growing up in a bicultural family has had a positive effect. Results also indicate a sense of family being more important than independence, a sense of being who they truly are in the family, and a sense of parents being stricter with daughters than with sons.