Bidirectional relations between temperament and parenting styles in Chinese children

Erica H. Lee, Qing Zhou, Nancy Eisenberg, Yun Wang

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Abstract

The present study examined bidirectional relations between child temperament and parenting styles in a sample (n = 425) of Chinese children during the elementary school period (age range = 6 to 9 years at Wave 1). Using two waves (3.8 years apart) of longitudinal data, we tested two hypotheses: (1) whether child temperament (effortful control and anger/frustration) at Wave 1 predicts parenting styles (authoritative and authoritarian parenting) at Wave 2, controlling for Wave 1 parenting; and (2) whether parenting styles at Wave 1 predict Wave 2 temperament, controlling for Wave 1 temperament. We found support for bidirectional relations between temperament and authoritarian parenting, such that higher effortful control and lower anger/frustration were associated with higher authoritarian parenting across time and in both directions. There were no significant cross-time associations between childrens temperament and authoritative parenting. These findings extend previous tests of transactional relations between child temperament and parenting in Chinese children and are consistent with cultural values toward effortful control and control of anger/frustration in Chinese society.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)57-67
Number of pages11
JournalInternational Journal of Behavioral Development
Volume37
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 2013

Keywords

  • bidirectional
  • parenting styles
  • temperament

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Psychology
  • Education
  • Developmental and Educational Psychology
  • Social Sciences (miscellaneous)
  • Developmental Neuroscience
  • Life-span and Life-course Studies

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