Asian American and European American emerging adults’ perceived parenting styles and self-regulation ability
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Citation of Original PublicationShen, J. J., Cheah, C. S. L., & Yu, J. (2018). Asian American and European American emerging adults’ perceived parenting styles and self-regulation ability. Asian American Journal of Psychology, 9(2), 140-148. http://dx.doi.org/10.1037/aap0000099
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children’s self-regulation development
Self-regulation refers to one’s ability to manage one’s emotions and behaviors in response to situational demands and is an important ability during emerging adulthood. Parenting styles play a significant role in children’s self-regulation development. Differences in the levels of parenting styles (authoritative and authoritarian styles) and self-regulation abilities between Asian Americans (AAs) and European Americans (EAs) have been found. However, few studies have explored the associations between parenting styles and self-regulation among emerging adults across these two cultural groups. The present study compared 377 emerging adults (146 AAs and 231 EAs, 71% female, Mage = 20.19, SDage = 1.67) on the following: (a) their perceptions of their parents’ parenting styles, (b) their self-regulation ability, and (c) the associations between perceived parenting styles and self-regulation skills. Our moderated mediation analysis indicated that parenting styles explained the ethnic differences in emerging adults’ self-regulation, but ethnicity did not moderate the effects of parenting styles on self-regulation. Specifically, compared with their EA counterparts, AA emerging adults perceived receiving lower levels of authoritative parenting and higher levels of authoritarian parenting, which in turn predicted lower self-regulation abilities in AA versus EA emerging adults. However, for both AA and EA emerging adults, authoritative parenting was positively associated with self-regulation and authoritarian parenting was negatively associated with self-regulation. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2018 APA, all rights reserved)