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Title:Parents' Responses to Children's Success and Failure: Differences Between Chinese and European American Parents
Author(s):Ng, Florrie Fei-Yin
Doctoral Committee Chair(s):Pomerantz, Eva M.
Department / Program:Psychology
Degree Granting Institution:University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Subject(s):Sociology, Individual and Family Studies
Abstract:This research examined cultural differences in how parents respond to children's performance. Whether such differences account for cultural differences in children's responses was also studied. In Study 1, Chinese fifth-graders (N = 188) reported that parents deemphasized their academic success and emphasized their academic failure, whereas their American counterparts (N = 233) reported that parents did the opposite. This partially accounted for Chinese (versus American) children responding less positively to success and more negatively to failure as well as for their dampened positive emotional functioning. In Study 2, mothers' responses to the performance of fourth- and fifth-grade children from China (N = 59) and the US (N = 69) were observed in the laboratory. The cultural differences in parents' responses found in Study 1 were replicated. Chinese (versus American) mothers showed heightened involvement but similar affect.
Issue Date:2006
Description:71 p.
Thesis (Ph.D.)--University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 2006.
Other Identifier(s):(MiAaPQ)AAI3242951
Date Available in IDEALS:2015-09-25
Date Deposited:2006

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