Continuity in Parenting Strategies: A Cross-Cultural Comparison

Autor(en): Keller, Heidi
Borke, Joern
Chaudhary, Nandita
Lamm, Bettina
Kleis, Astrid
Stichwörter: 2ND YEAR; AMERICAN; BEHAVIOR; COMMUNITIES; continuity; cross-cultural comparisons; ETHNOTHEORIES; EXPERIENCES; infancy; INFANTS; MOTHER-CHILD INTERACTION; parenting; PLAY; Psychology; Psychology, Social; SELF-RECOGNITION
Erscheinungsdatum: 2010
Herausgeber: SAGE PUBLICATIONS INC
Journal: JOURNAL OF CROSS-CULTURAL PSYCHOLOGY
Volumen: 41
Ausgabe: 3
Startseite: 391
Seitenende: 409
Zusammenfassung: 
This prospective longitudinal study is aimed at contributing to the understanding of cultural diversity concerning maternal parenting behaviors and conversational styles on one hand and continuity in parenting strategies on the other hand. It could be demonstrated that German middle-class families from Berlin and Indian Hindu middle-class families from Delhi represent two different cultural environments embodying different parenting strategies. The Berlin mothers focus on the cultural model of independence, whereas the Delhi mothers focus on the cultural model of autonomous relatedness. These different orientations are expressed in nonverbal and conversational behaviors with 3-month-old babies as well as in the play styles with 19-month-old toddlers. It could also be demonstrated that the parenting styles form continuous socialization environments. Especially the conversation styles that mothers use while talking to their 3-month-old babies were good predictors for the play styles with their 19-month-old toddlers. The results are discussed with an emphasis on parenting strategies as continuous and consistent cultural projects.
ISSN: 00220221
DOI: 10.1177/0022022109359690

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