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ERIC Number: ED361065
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1993-Mar
Pages: 24
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Clarification of the Authoritarian Parenting Style and Parental Control: Cultural Concepts of Chinese Child Rearing.
Chao, Ruth K.
This study investigated whether certain broad cultural notions, such as "chiao shun" (training children in appropriate behavior or morals) and "guan" (a positive notion expressing parental concern, caring, or involvement) better distinguish the Chinese parent from the European-American than do the concepts of "authoritarian" and "restrictive." Subjects, 50 immigrant English-speaking Chinese mothers mostly from Taipei, Taiwan with preschool children and 50 European-American mothers with preschool-aged children in the west Los Angeles area, completed parental control, authoritarian, and authoritative scales derived from Block's Child Rearing Practices Report. Subjects also completed demographic and background measures and a 13-item child-training questionnaire that focused on two areas: ideologies on child development and learning, and ideologies on the mother-child relationship. This questionnaire was developed from concepts of "chiao shun" and "guan." Results showed that the Chinese scored significantly higher than the European-Americans on measures for parental control and authoritarian parenting style, but not for the authoritative parenting style. The Chinese mothers also showed pronounced differences on the concept of "training." This finding indicates that the concept of training has distinctive features that more adequately describe the Chinese beyond the authoritarian concept, because the authoritarian concept has evolved from a sociocultural context that differs from Chinese culture. (MM)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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