Parenting Style in Problem-Solving Situations: 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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Abstract

This chapter explains the understanding of parenting in a Chinese context by identifying culture- and domain-specific patterns of parenting behaviors and examines their impact on children's school-related performance. It describes 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. The analysis focuses on identifying profiles of parenting behaviors in problem-solving contexts and examining the relationships with children's school-related outcomes. The focus of observation in this study is on the interaction between parents and children engaging in problem-solving situations that resemble homework supervision, a common activity in families with school-age children in Hong Kong. Cluster analysis shows that Chinese parents in Hong Kong behaved in patterns identified as authoritarian, authoritative, disengaged, and task-oriented. Chinese fathers in Hong Kong were found to exhibit more varied parenting patterns than mothers.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationParent-Youth Relations
Subtitle of host publicationCultural and Cross-Cultural Perspectives
EditorsStephan Wilson, Gary W Peterson, Suzanne Steinmetz
Place of PublicationNew York
PublisherRoutledge
Pages43-58
Number of pages16
Edition1st
ISBN (Electronic)9780203725733
ISBN (Print)9780789024824, 9780789024831
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 5 Aug 2005

Publication series

NameMarriage and Family Review
PublisherRoutledge
ISSN (Print)0149-4929

Scopus Subject Areas

  • Social Sciences(all)
  • Psychology(all)

User-Defined Keywords

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

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