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ERIC Number: EJ799525
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Jul
Pages: 20
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 85
ISSN: ISSN-0300-4430
Parental Beliefs about Young Children's Socialization across US Ethnic Groups: Coexistence of Independence and Interdependence
Suizzo, Marie-Anne; Chen, Wan-Chen; Cheng, Chi-Chia; Liang, Angel S.; Contreras, Helen; Zanger, Dinorah; Robinson, Courtney
Early Child Development and Care, v178 n5 p467-486 Jul 2008
This study compared dimensions of independence and interdependence in parents' beliefs about daily child-rearing practices across four ethnic groups. Two questionnaires were completed by 310 parents of preschool-age children, and three belief constructs were identified. "Conformity" was least valued by European Americans. "Autonomy" was equally valued by European Americans and African Americans, and less by Asian Americans. There were no group differences in the importance of prosocial. Parental education was negatively associated with "conformity" except among Asian Americans, for whom education and "conformity" were positively associated. This study provides further evidence that differentiating the broad cultural orientations of independence and interdependence provides more accurate and sensitive cultural models of parenting. This study's findings may enhance the cultural competence of educators and community workers who interact with children and parents of diverse ethnic groups. (Contains 1 figure and 4 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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