ERIC Number: EJ690299
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2005-Mar
Reference Count: 104
Culturally Shaped Patterns of Disciplining Children
Giles-Sims, Jean; Lockhart, Charles
Journal of Family Issues, v26 n2 p196-218 Mar 2005
Research indicates an association between parents' disciplinary practices and their children's developmental outcomes. Research also suggests that disciplinary practices vary with demographic factors such as class, ethnicity, and gender. This article draws on the Douglas-Wildavsky grid-group theory to explain the association between demographic factors and disciplinary practices in microsocial terms. This theory links disparate sets of core beliefs and value priorities to contrasting conceptions of the family (including distinctive orientations toward parenting) and parental preferences for different disciplinary strategies. Studies by other researchers provide empirical support for these linkages. This grid-group theory application contributes to theory development through (a) bridging macroexplanations and microexplanations by showing how culture contributes to shaping parental practices, (b) distinguishing rival sets of core beliefs and value priorities that help researchers and practitioners understand parents, and (c) indicating ways for practitioners to apply these distinctions in family intervention.
Descriptors: Researchers, Values, Parent Attitudes, Discipline, Children, Cultural Influences, Parenting Styles, Child Development, Parents
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