A Cultural Exploration Based on Structured Observational Methods in Hong Kong

Vicky C W TAM*, Rebecca S.Y. Lam

*Corresponding author for this work

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This study contributes to the debate on applying parenting style typologies to the Chinese population by using structured observational methods in examining parenting behaviors and styles in parent-child interactions in problem-solving situations. Participants were 81 parent-child dyads in Hong Kong. The four parenting groups identified through cluster analysis were authoritative, authoritarian, disengaged, and task-oriented. This clustering was compared internally on parenting attributes and child's school-related outcomes, as well as externally with the Parent Behavior Report typology assessed through the child-report method. Discussion was based on the conceptual and theoretical implications of this new clustering using observational methods.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)45-61
Number of pages17
JournalMarriage and Family Review
Issue number3-4
Publication statusPublished - 6 Jan 2004

Scopus Subject Areas

  • Social Sciences (miscellaneous)

User-Defined Keywords

  • Chinese parents
  • Observational methods
  • Parenting style
  • Problem-solving situations


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