ERIC Number: ED489960
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2004-Apr-12
Asian-American Parents: Are They Really Different?
Wu, Fang; Qi, Sen
Online Submission, Paper presented at the Annual Conference of the Chinese American Educational Research and Development Association (San Diego, CA, April 2004)
Using the base year data of parent interviews (n=15,376) conducted by the U. S. Department of Education for the national Early Childhood Longitudinal Study (ECLS-K), this study examined patterns of parenting style of Asian-American parents (n=536) in six domains. Descriptive and ANOVA analyses revealed significant differences between Asian-American parents and parents in European-American, African-American, and Hispanic groups in their expectations of child's education attainment and expression of affection to children. More similarities than differences among the four ethnic groups were found in parental attitudes towards child's areas of development in kindergarten, parental school involvement, parental involvement with child at home, and parent disciplinary style. The Asian-American parents were further divided into three subgroups to examine possible with-in group differences. The three groups were: (1) Two parents, both parents are Asian-American (n=343), (2) Asian-American single parents (n=45), and (3) two parents with one parent being Asian-American (n=31). Results showed that although the three subgroups of parents differ in social economical status and education level, there were very few significant differences in all six domains of parenting across these three subgroups. This finding suggests that Asian parenting style is prominent in families as long as one parent is Asian-American. Policy and educational implications were discussed. Future directions of study are also suggested.
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: Kindergarten
Authoring Institution: N/A