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ERIC Number: EJ937624
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011
Pages: 17
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 65
ISBN: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-1522-7219
The Parenting Dimensions of British Pakistani and White Mothers of Primary School Children
Ali, Shama; Frederickson, Norah
Infant and Child Development, v20 n3 p313-329 May-Jun 2011
There is increasing emphasis internationally on the use of parenting programmes to support the development of appropriate social behaviour in children. However, in such programmes diversity is often ignored. Research into the parenting styles and practices (dimensions) of different ethnic groups is needed in order to investigate the applicability of universal programmes, to guide their design and implementation in the future. Thirty-four British Pakistani and 34 British White mothers of primary aged children, comprising equal numbers of males and females, completed English or Urdu versions of the Parental Dimensions Inventory-Short Version (PDI-S), (Power, "Int. J. Behav. Dev." 67: 302-313) and a child behavioural screening instrument, the SDQ (Goodman, "J. Child Psychol. Psychiatry" 38: 581-586). More similarities than differences between the parenting dimensions of Pakistani and White mothers were found overall. However, compared with White mothers, Pakistani mothers reported more "following through on discipline" as well as "reminding" as a disciplinary action. Further, Pakistani mothers reported following through on discipline more with boys than White mothers did and the more they reported inconsistent parenting, the more their children reportedly had behaviour problems. It is concluded that while these findings provide some support for the cross-cultural applicability of generic parenting programmes, programme efficacy studies are also needed. (Contains 5 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Pakistan; United Kingdom