promoting healthy parenting practices across cultural groups H u m a n i t i e s
Respond to a peer and provide them with at least two tips for how they can promote healthy parenting practices across cultural groups to support families from different cultural backgrounds.
- Discuss three general findings in the research brief about cultural parenting patterns.
According to the research brief, African-American, Latino, and American Indian fathers believe that children should have a religious or spiritual foundation (Lubell, Loften & Singer, 2008). When it came to discipline, “African-Americans believed in very strong disciplinary messages and communicated deep affection and clear rules and agreements that they and their children would be bound to uphold” (Lubell, Loften & Singer, 2008, pg. 7, para. 1). Although “Taking away privileges and eliminating re-wards were the most common and favored punishments for bad behavior used by members of all cultural groups” (Lubell, Loften & Singer, 2008, pg. 11. para. 2), each had certain stipulations. Some believed that taking away love or basic needs was wrong, while some saw no problem with it.
- Explain, using Table 1 on page 8 of the research brief, three different cultural patterns regarding what parents consider to be good behavior among children.
Obedience and not talking back was one of the most common agreed upon good behaviors across cultures. Next was respecting adults, parents, and elders. Surprisingly, keeping yourself clean, respect for animals, and admitting wrongdoing were the least common across cultures. Most of these differences were due to ethnicity.
- Explain, using Table 1 on page 9 of the research brief, three different cultural patterns regarding what parents consider to be bad behavior among children.
Talking back, not listening, and being disobedient was consistent across cultures. Bragging or showing off was not so common across different cultures. Also, tattling, gossiping, and being nosy was not considered bad behavior across cultures.
- Evaluate the information you have gained and answer the question, “How much of how we parent is dictated by our culture?”
I believe that most of how we parent is dictated by our culture. We are each raised by standards that are set by the culture we are apart of, and “culture sets the expectations for behaviors, provides the values and rules by which individuals live, and defines a person’s view of the world (Gutierrez & Rogoff, 2003)” (Wardle & Fitzpatrick, 2016). Thus, the behaviors and values and rules that we are taught as children are because of our culture. As we grow into adults and begin to parent our own children, we take into account those cultural norms that we have been raised by. If your culture believes that spankings are an acceptable form of discipline for a child, and we got spanked as a child, we will more than likely spank our children as well. Some cultures believe that children should “be seen and not heard”, and if we were not allowed to be vocal as children and state our opinions, then we will most likely expect our children to do the same. Culture dictates how we believe children and adults should behave, and we use those cultural aspects to set rule and guidelines for our children.
Lubell, K. M., Lofton, T. C., & Singer, H. H. (2008). Center for Disease Control and Prevention. Promoting healthy parenting practices across cultural groups: A CDC research brief (Links to an external site.)Links to an external site. [PDF file]. Retrieved from http://stacks.cdc.gov/view/cdc/5273/ (Links to an external site.)
Wardle, F., & Fitzpatrick, T. (2016). Children & families: Understanding behavior & dynamics [Electronic version]. Retrieved from https://content.ashford.edu/
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