ERIC Number: ED390952
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1995-Aug
Beyond Authoritarianism: A Cultural Perspective on Asian American Parenting Practices.
Chao, Ruth K.
A study was conducted to determine Asian American conceptualizations of parenting, focusing on socialization goals, parenting style, and parenting practices related to schooling, aspects of parental influences discussed by D. Darling and L. Steinberg (1993). It was suggested that the standard conceptualizations of parenting style, those of D. Baumrind, are not as meaningful for capturing the styles of East Asians as some alternative conceptualizations. Thirty-six East Asian (Chinese, Japanese, and Korean) parents of elementary school students and 35 European American parents from the Los Angeles area (California) completed surveys about parenting, with translation provided where needed. The study demonstrated that standard parenting concepts such as the parenting styles conceptualization of Baumrind, the idea of authoritarian parental control, and the direct/managerial style of parental involvement in school of Steinberg and others (1993) are not adequate for describing the practices of East Asian parents. The alternative style of "training" was more endorsed by the East Asians than the European Americans. Family-based parental control was more common among East Asians, and indirect involvement in schooling was more often endorsed by East Asians. (Contains 2 tables and 28 references.) (SLD)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Psychological Association (New York, NY, August 1995).