Parenting Beliefs, Behaviors, and Parent-child Relations: A Cross-cultural Perspective

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The purpose of this book, is to present a rather simple argument. Parents' thoughts about childrearing and the ways in which they interact with children to achieve particular parenting or developmental goals, are culturally determined. Within any culture, children are shaped by the physical and social settings within which they live, culturally regulated customs and childrearing practices, and culturally based belief systems. The psychological "meaning" attributed to any given social behavior is, in large part, a function of the ecological niche within which it is produced. Clearly, it is the case that there are some cultural universals. All parents want their children to be healthy and to feel secure. However, "healthy" and "unhealthy," at least in the psychological sense of the term, can have different meanings from culture to culture.

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About the author (2006)

Kenneth H. Rubin is a researcher in child development, a professor in the Department of Human Development and director of the Center for Children, Relationships, and Culture at the University of Maryland. He is the father of two grown children and lives with his wife in North Potomac, Maryland.

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