Pathways of influence: Chinese parents' expectations, parenting styles, and child social competence

Lixin Ren, Carolyn Pope Edwards

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Abstract

This study examines relations among Chinese parents' expectations for children's development of social–emotional skills, parenting styles, and child social competence. A total of 154 parents with preschool-aged children from mainland China completed questionnaires measuring their timing of expectations for children's mastery of social–emotional skills, value placed on social–emotional skills, parenting styles, and child social competence. Parenting styles were found to mediate the effects of parental expectations on child social competence. Parents with earlier expectations reported higher levels of authoritative parenting, which, in turn, related to better parent-reported child social competence. Parents who placed more value on social–emotional skills were more likely to adopt an authoritative parenting style, and subsequently, they reported children having better social competence.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)616-632
Number of pages17
JournalEarly Child Development and Care
Volume185
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Apr 3 2015

Keywords

  • Chinese parents' expectations
  • parental ethnotheories
  • parental values
  • parenting styles
  • socialisation expectations
  • social–emotional development

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pediatrics
  • Developmental and Educational Psychology
  • Social Psychology

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