In China and America, How Do Differing Societal Values Regarding Parenting Affect a Child’s Development?

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Vania Macias
Yi Qian
Stephen Rivas

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Professor Yolanda Vega

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This project aims to expose an issue concerned with the hierarchical approach of contrasting authoritative and authoritarian parenting styles, which often recognizes authoritative parenting as superior and authoritarian parenting as inferior. Using American culture as an example that favors authoritative parenting and Chinese culture as an example that favors authoritarian parenting, we have discovered that both styles are effective forms of parenting, and are even favored in their respective cultures due to core beliefs and traditions. Understanding this is key in eliminating the mindset that one form of parenting is universally superior to another.

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