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ERIC Number: EJ1136023
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013
Pages: 8
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: EISSN-2161-7252
Individualism-Collectivism and Power Distance Cultural Dimensions: How Each Influences Parental Disciplinary Methods
Schwab, Karen Walker
Journal of International Education and Leadership, v3 n3 Fall 2013
This paper is a literature review using the Douglas-Widavasky Grid/Group theory as a framework to examine, from a cross cultural perspective, preferred parental disciplinary methods. The four rival cultures defined in the Grid/Group theory mirror the cultural dimensions of individualism-collectivism and power distance described by Geert Hofstede. Each of these rival cultures has distinct parenting styles, including disciplinary methods. When trying to predict a preferred disciplinary method based on a parent's country of origin, knowing the country's score under Hofstede's dimensions allows easier assignment to one of the four cultures in the Grid/Group theory. Once assigned to one of the Grid/Group's four cultures, the preferred disciplinary method can be easily identified. For this review, the Global Leadership and Organizational Effectiveness (GLOBE) study's ten societal clusters were used as a starting point to identify countries with similar individualism-collectivism and power distance rankings. Findings of this review reinforce the proposed approach. However, the review is limited by the small number of studies focusing specifically on disciplinary methods. Most examine parenting style and do not take into account "modernized" disciplinary methods secondary to immigration.
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Language: English
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