A quantitative assessment of Lareau's qualitative conclusions about class, race, and parenting

Jacob E. Cheadle, Paul R. Amato

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The authors used the Early Childhood Longitudinal Study, Kindergarten Class of 1998-1999, to test ideas from Lareau's qualitative study of social class differences in parenting. Consistent with Lareau, a confirmatory factor analysis supported the general concerted cultivation construct-a parenting strategy that subsumes parents' school engagement, children's participation in extracurricular activities, and the amount of educational materials in the home. The authors also found that socioeconomic status (SES) was the major correlate of parents' use of concerted cultivation. Contrary to Lareau, however, the authors found that racial/ethnic differences in concerted cultivation are moderately strong, even with SES controlled. Finally, this study identified a variety of other family characteristics that are related to concerted cultivation, net of SES. The findings suggest the utility of combining qualitative and quantitative approaches to understand the intergenerational transmission of social status.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)679-706
Number of pages28
JournalJournal of Family Issues
Issue number5
StatePublished - May 1 2011



  • child-rearing
  • concerted cultivation
  • parent involvement
  • parenting

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Sciences (miscellaneous)

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