Project C-STARS

Immigrant Children’s Successful Transition and Adaptation Research Study: Chinese and Korean families

Project C-STARS involves Chinese and Korean immigrant families with young children ages 3-5 years residing in Maryland. The (1) community and social resources available to these families, (2) parents’ adaptation, well-being and acculturation, and (3) their culturally-specific parenting beliefs, practices, styles and behaviors are examined, in relation to (4) their preschool children’s social emotional development, physical health, academic competence and transition into American society. We follow these families over the course of 2 years. These constructs are examined using a variety of methodological approaches (surveys, interviews, observations, and experimental paradigms).

The Health Study was developed under Project CSTARS to understand the healthy development of Chinese and Korean children in the U.S. and their parents. The goal of this project is to examine how parents’ physical health, sleep quality, emotion regulation and early experiences may be related to their parenting and young children’s physical health (BMI and stress).

These projects are a collaborative effort with community partners providing services to these families.

Project C-STARS has been partially supported by a grant from the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development and the Foundation for Child Development: Changing Faces of America’s Children – Young Scholars Program (YSP). For more information about the YSP, please visit:

Note: We are also collecting data on a subset of the above mentioned constructs from non-immigrant families residing in Mainland China and Turkey.



Craig H. Hart, Ph.D.
Brigham Young University, USA