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ERIC Number: ED403015
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1996-Aug
Pages: 19
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Reconceptualization of the Authoritarian Parenting Style and Parental Control: Some Initial Items.
Chao, Ruth K.
This study compared standard conceptualizations for parenting style, parental involvement in school, and parents' socialization goals with alternative conceptualizations, in relation to children's academic achievement. Specifically, the study asked: (1) whether ethnicity is predictive of achievement scores when included in analyses involving the standard conceptualization of parenting style and an alternative conceptualization that recognizes a "chiao shun" ("training") style among immigrant Chinese mothers; (2) whether there are ethnic group differences in the relationship between the parenting concepts of the two conceptualizations and academic achievement; and (3) whether the alternative conceptualization is a better predictor of academic scores than the standard conceptualization. Subjects were European American parents, most born in the United States, and east Asian parents, most of whom were immigrants. Subjects completed the Parental Authority Questionnaire. Principal findings from the questionnaire are that: (1) East Asians score significantly higher on both the (standard) authorization style and the "chiao shun" and other alternative styles, with some correlation between standard and alternative concepts; (2) there are important aspects of East Asian parenting that cannot be entirely captured by the standard concepts; and (3) even after controlling for their scores on all the standard measures, the East Asians are still significantly higher on all the alternative measures. This study offers a more comprehensive and explicit way of conceptualizing and measuring, specifically for East Asians, the importance of culture in determining aspects of parenting such as parenting style, control, and practices, as well as parents' socialization goals. Contains 27 references. (EAJ)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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