Cultural Differences in Parenting Practices

In the United States, what most people consider good parenting is based on middle class European American behaviors. These behaviors include displays of warmth and closeness balanced with monitoring and control. A new book edited by Dr. Stephen T. Russell, Fitch Nesbitt Endowed Chair, and director of the Frances McClelland Institute for Children, Youth and Families, highlights important parenting differences between European and Asian Americans. At first glance, Asian American parents appear to show less warmth and to be more controlling of their children. Yet their children often do just as well as their European counterparts. Their parenting style may reflect differences in what warmth and control mean in their culture. Such differences suggest that existing ideas about parenting may not fit all populations of youth and their families. Studies of Asian American families shed light on new dimensions of parenting that matter for all families.

Released date: 
Apr 7 2011