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Immigrant families have more problems adapting when they are only oriented toward their heritage culture.

Adapting is smoother when immigrants are engaged in both the heritage and mainstream cultures. 

Some conflicts may appear when parents and children don’t share the same attitudes and behaviours toward the values and beliefs of the new country. Children are usually involved in more social situations and tend to adapt to the values of the new country faster than their parents. 

Service providers can help reduce the gap between the two generations by reaching out to immigrant parents to orient them, for instance, in the school system, increase their knowledge of what is expected of their child and promote partnership between the two cultures.