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Supportive parenting versus tiger parenting: Variation in Asian parenting styles
Human Development (2013)
  • Nadia Sorkhabi, San Jose State University
Su Yeong Kim [2013] has raised very important questions about the ways in which parenting in Asian cultures is represented in nonacademic settings and in the popular media and the unfortunate congruence at times between academic and nonacademic discussions about parenting in Asian cultures (i.e., Ruth Chao’s training parenting and Amy Chua’s tiger parenting). Kim has also described her excellent research as an antidote to the stereotypic depictions of Asian parenting which mask complexity and diversity that exist within the group. Some of the important points Kim has raised are: (1) inferring the prevalence of a practice within a given population from study samples, (2) the importance of examining variability in parenting and child outcomes within groups, (3) considering an adaptive practice because it is prevalent in a given population, and (4) the possibility of achieving culturally valued goals or aims in more than one way.
  • Parenting,
  • Types of parenting,
  • Asian parenting,
  • Tiger parenting,
  • parenting,
  • Styles of parenting
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Nadia Sorkhabi. "Supportive parenting versus tiger parenting: Variation in Asian parenting styles" Human Development Vol. 56 (2013)
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