SERBIAN AMERICANS (USA)
See also: Serbs
Simic (1983) notes:
“Perhaps one of the areas of most acute conflict between Serbian immigrants and their children was that of courtship, sexuality, and marriage. On the one hand, parents attempted to exert influence on the selection of a mate and to impose what were by American standards strict codes of sexual morality; while on the other, their children were often attracted by the freedom American young people enjoyed to openly associate with the opposite sex and to choose their own marriage partners. For example, among the narratives collected from American-born Serbs in California a number of middle-aged female informants reported that they had experienced almost complete chaperonage until marriage, while others related that they had led “double lives”, with one standard for Serbian contexts and another for American” (p30-1).
D. F., Growing Up Sexually.
Last revised: Sept 2004
 Simic, A.
(1983) The Serbian family in
 It is noted that parental
conservatism was apparently not unsuccessful. “In fact, parents often succeeded
in at least partially imposing their customs and standards on their
American-born children. Sometimes they were so successful in this that, in the
words of a Serbian parish priest, “their children were just like the old-timers