Parenting Among Asian Parenting

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Parenting Among Asian American Families Asian parenting emphasizes three significant themes (Chao & Tseng, 2002; Julian, McKenry, & McKelvey, 1994). One of the main themes among Asian parenting is that of family as the center. Asian American parents emphasize the importance of family and family interdependence. Each Asian society has its unique beliefs of the family and family roles, family responsibilities, and family membership. Another prominent theme among Asian parenting is the use of parental control and strictness. Asian parenting places a great deal of importance on parental authority, respecting parents and adults, and filial piety (Park, Kim, Chiang, & Ju, 2010). A third theme among Asian parenting focuses on the parental and societal…show more content…
The family system of reciprocity can be defined as a mutual and caring obligation. Parents and other elders are to be treated with respect and hold a lot of responsibility and authority. Mothers are primarily responsible for training the children early on and expected to provide devotion to this training. Children are expected to fulfill the responsibilities and obligation they have within the family. Parents and other elders have more authority than young family members and are expected to be involved and responsible for making the decisions and caring for the children (Chao & Tseng, 2002; Julian, McKenry, & McKelvey, 1994). Parents provide guidance to their child even after the child is an adult and moves out of the house. Children are expected to discuss and seek advice for important decisions from parents and elder family members, no matter what their age is. Research indicates that Asian American parents place more importance of parental authority than European American parents. While Asian American parents encourage children to make their own decisions, they teach them to do so interdependently by considering the wishes and welfare of the family members (Chao & Tseng, 2002; Julian, McKenry, & McKelvey, 1994; Kim & Wong,…show more content…
This parental control has been given various names including excessive control, restrictiveness, and domineering. According to other cultures and ethnic groups, Asian Americans have found to be more restrictive and controlling in their parenting. While they are more directive than European American parents, Asian American parents are just as warm. Of Baumrind’s parenting styles, Asian Americans were higher than European Americans on the authoritarian parenting style, which involves more parental control. Amongst European Americans, the authoritative style has had the most positive effect on the child and their well being, while the authoritarian parenting styles has had the most negative effects. However, the effects of the parenting style used amongst Asian American parents has not been as consistent as it has been for European American parents, and mixed results have been shown (Chao & Tseng, 2002; Julian, McKenry, & McKelvey, 1994; Kim & Wong,
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