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ERIC Number: ED419596
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1997-Nov
Pages: 12
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Parenting that Promotes Resilient Urban African American Families: Scholars Describe the Characteristics of Their Parents' Parenting Behaviors.
Bloir, Kirk
A study examined the demographic and family process characteristics of 116 academically successful, low income, urban, African American adolescents, focusing on factors supporting the students' relative success. A principle focus of the study was students' perceptions of their parents' role in their success. The study examined whether parents used an authoritative parenting style, as the literature shows adolescents from authoritative homes score higher on measures of psychosocial development and mental health. Students commented on family process characteristics of emotional closeness, parental involvement, and family decision making. Findings indicated that the overall parent-child relationship was characterized by high levels of emotional closeness, with greater closeness and interaction with mothers than fathers. Parents were described as highly involved in decision making, actively communicating, actively monitoring behavior, and participating in discussions on issues of concern. When fathers were present, students' grades tended to be higher. Parents were not found to be authoritarian but highly involved, warm and supportive, yet not encouraging of psychological autonomy. The findings challenge previous characterizations of low-income, urban minority families. Results also suggest that workshops aimed at assisting parents with limit setting and at helping families increase communication and warmth are potentially beneficial. (Contains four references.) (JPB)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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