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ERIC Number: ED541943
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2012-May
Pages: 2
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 0
Culture and Parenting: Family Models Are Not One-Size-Fits-All. FPG Snapshot #67
FPG Child Development Institute
Family process models guide theories and research about family functioning and child development outcomes. Theory and research, in turn, inform policies and services aimed at families. But are widely accepted models valid across cultural groups? To address these gaps, FPG researchers examined the utility of two family process models for families with young children from five cultural groups: European American (EA), African American (AA), primarily English-speaking and primarily Spanish-speaking Hispanic (EH and SH), and Asian (AS). The study tested the validity of two models, the Family Investment (FIM) and Family Stress Model (FSM), both of which articulate mediating mechanisms (parenting and other proximal family processes) linking family demographic variables to child outcomes. The FPG investigators explored the relationships between cultural group, sociodemographic variables, various mediators, and children's academic outcomes. The study's findings indicate that the FIM and FSM may not be equally relevant for all groups and that some parenting behaviors exhibit cultural variation. (Contains 1 figure, 1 table, and 1 online resource.)
FPG Child Development Institute. University of North Carolina, Publications Office, CB# 8185, Chapel Hill, NC 27599-8185. Tel: 919-966-0857; e-mail:; Web site:
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Early Childhood Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, FPG Child Development Institute