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ERIC Number: EJ942197
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2005-Nov
Pages: 21
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 66
ISSN: ISSN-0961-205X
What Do Grandmothers Think about Self-Esteem? American and Taiwanese Folk Theories Revisited
Cho, Grace E.; Sandel, Todd L.; Miller, Peggy J.; Wang, Su-hua
Social Development, v14 n4 p701-721 Nov 2005
The study investigates European American and Taiwanese grandmothers' folk theories of childrearing and self-esteem, building on an earlier comparison of mothers from the same families. Adopting methods that privilege local meanings, we bring grandmothers' voices into the conversation about childrearing, thereby contributing to a deeper understanding of intergenerational nuances in folk theories. In each cultural case, 16 grandmothers of 3-year-olds participated in in-depth interviews that were customized according to local communicative norms. Although self-esteem emerged as a central organizing concept in the folk theories of European American mothers, grandmothers spoke in two voices, either echoing their daughters or invoking a counter-discourse of wariness towards self-esteem. By contrast, Taiwanese mothers and grandmothers resembled one another--but differed from their American counterparts--in treating self-esteem as peripheral in childrearing. Results contribute to the growing consensus that self-esteem is a culture-specific childrearing goal and suggest that the European American tendency to valorize self-esteem varies by generation.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Taiwan