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ERIC Number: EJ1154490
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2017
Pages: 20
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1040-9289
Chinese Parents' Expectations and Child Preacademic Skills: The Indirect Role of Parenting and Social Competence
Ren, Lixin; Edwards, Carolyn Pope
Early Education and Development, v28 n8 p1052-1071 2017
Research Findings: This study examined how parenting styles and child social-emotional functioning may help explain the indirect relations between Chinese parents' expectations for their preschool-age children's social-emotional development and their children's preacademic skills. A total of 154 parents with preschool-age children were recruited from 7 preschools located in northeastern China. The results showed that when parents expected their child to master social-emotional skills at a younger age or when they placed more value on social-emotional skills, they were more likely to adopt authoritative parenting, their children had better social competence, and finally their children showed better preacademic skills. The findings not only provided support for the interconnections between Chinese young children's social-emotional functioning and preacademic skills but also revealed parenting styles and child social competence as potential pathways through which parents' social-emotional expectations relate to children's preacademic skills. Practice or Policy: The findings can be used to facilitate parent education efforts to help contemporary Chinese parents reflect on and even adjust their developmental expectations for young children. Parental expectations can also be an important element to consider in prevention and intervention programs that are designed to improve young children's social-emotional and preacademic skills.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Preschool Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: China
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