ERIC Number: EJ942187
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2006-Aug
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 38
Taiwanese-Canadian Mothers' Beliefs about Personal Freedom for Their Young Children
Chuang, Susan S.
Social Development, v15 n3 p520-536 Aug 2006
This study examined Taiwanese-Canadian mothers' conceptions of personal freedom in everyday situations for their children and the influence of acculturation on their beliefs. Forty mothers of six- to eight-year-old children participated in a semistructured interview and sorting task. Interview responses revealed that, regardless of acculturation, child decision-making was important and that mothers should negotiate and compromise with their child on everyday issues such as clothing, food, activities, daily routine and homework. They believed that child resistance was motivated by the children's personal interests, laziness, limit testing and their emotional state. Sources of conflict were resolved by parental authority, discussing/negotiating and conceding to the child. The sorting task also revealed that personal issues were judged as within their children's jurisdiction.
Descriptors: Freedom, Mothers, Interests, Acculturation, Parent Child Relationship, Parent Attitudes, Foreign Countries, Young Children, Interviews, Decision Making, Parenting Styles, Resistance (Psychology), Conflict, Self Determination, Child Development, Immigrants
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: China; Taiwan