Conceptions of parenting in different cultural communities: The case of West African Nso and Northern German women

Autor(en): Keller, H 
Voelker, S
Yovsi, RD
Stichwörter: ATTACHMENT; CHILDREN; CHINESE; culture; ETHNOTHEORIES; ethnotheory; INFANTS; MATERNAL RESPONSIVENESS; parenting; PATTERNS; Psychology; Psychology, Developmental; SELF; SPEECH; UNITED-STATES
Erscheinungsdatum: 2005
Herausgeber: WILEY
Journal: SOCIAL DEVELOPMENT
Volumen: 14
Ausgabe: 1
Startseite: 158
Seitenende: 180
Zusammenfassung: 
The present study compares conceptions about parenting in two cultural communities that may be expected to hold different views on parent-child relationships. Sociodemographically diverse samples of 46 Northern German and 39 West African Nso women evaluated parenting behavior observed in 10 Nso and 10 German videotaped mother-infant interaction sequences. The individual evaluations were assessed in group contexts. The statements were analyzed with respect to their reference to parenting systems and interaction mechanisms as conceptualized in the component model of parenting. As expected, the Nso respondents addressed primary care, body contact and body stimulation more often than the German respondents who focused more on face-to-face communication and exclusive attention. Contrary to our expectations, distress regulation was addressed more often by the German respondents. Quantitative analyses are combined with the qualitative elaboration of the respondents' evaluative comments. The identified ideas about parenting are discussed as reflecting the conscious nature of parenting as a shared cultural activity and related to cultural goals.
ISSN: 0961205X
DOI: 10.1111/j.1467-9507.2005.00295.x

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