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Document Type:Latin Dissertation
Language of Document:English
Record Number:53462
Doc. No:TL23416
Call number:‭3299418‬
Main Entry:Bamidele Andrew Odubote
Title & Author:Parenting style, race and delinquency: A comparative study of European American, African American and Nigerian familiesBamidele Andrew Odubote
College:University of Minnesota
Date:2008
Degree:Ph.D.
student score:2008
Page No:242
Abstract:Parenting styles have often been associated with delinquency. Parenting styles that include high levels of parent-child communication, modest and complimentary amounts of control and independence (authoritative) have been associated with positive adolescent outcomes. Conversely, more restrictive parenting styles with high levels of control and little independence (authoritarian) have been associated with delinquency. Family policies in the United States have often been based on these studies, recommending authoritative parenting style at the expense of authoritarian parenting style with little sensitivity to critical cultural distinctions. Contrary to family policies in the United States, literature has suggested that parental strictness (authoritarian style) is linked to positive child outcome among racial minority families most especially African American and Chinese families. Some studies have claimed that authoritarian parenting style among African Americans is a survival strategy adopted by the group to cope with its environment and racial status. Some other studies however suggested that this parenting style is a heritage from their African origin. These studies are however speculative, with relatively little empirical evidence. Consistent with these theoretical perspectives, analyses of the American data suggest a negative relationship between authoritative parenting style and delinquency. In contrast to much prior work finding a racial difference in the parenting style adopted by different racial groups in the United States, the present research suggests that while there are racial differences in parenting style within the U.S., the differences are marginal. This lack of racial difference is partly attributable to the homogenous nature of the U.S. survey. Based on previous research, there is evidence that when factors such as socioeconomic status and educational achievement are held constant, parents from different cultures are more alike than different with respect to nurturing and harsh disciplinary behavior. Finally, the study also reveals that Nigerian parents (just as suggested by the hereditary thesis) were more authoritarian and this parenting style has a positive developmental outcome for Nigerian adolescents. The findings not only shed light on the applicability of the parenting style construct in an African setting but also have implications for debates concerning family policies, race and delinquency in the United States.
Subject:Social sciences; African-American; Delinquency; European-American; Families; Nigerian; Parenting; Parenting style; Race; African Americans; Criminology; Families & family life; Personal relationships; Sociology; 0628:Sociology; 0628:Personal relationships; 0628:Families & family life; 0627:Criminology; 0325:African Americans
Added Entry:C. Uggen
Added Entry:University of Minnesota