This research was supported by National Institute of Mental Health Grant R01 MH57505. We are grateful to the families who participated in this research. We appreciate the constructive comments provided by Qian Wang and members of the Center for Parent-Child Studies.
Why Are Chinese Mothers More Controlling Than American Mothers? “My Child Is My Report Card”
Article first published online: 12 APR 2013
© 2013 The Authors. Child Development © 2013 Society for Research in Child Development, Inc.
Volume 85, Issue 1, pages 355–369, January/February 2014
How to Cite
Ng, F. F.-Y., Pomerantz, E. M. and Deng, C. (2014), Why Are Chinese Mothers More Controlling Than American Mothers? “My Child Is My Report Card”. Child Development, 85: 355–369. doi: 10.1111/cdev.12102
- Issue published online: 3 FEB 2014
- Article first published online: 12 APR 2013
- National Institute of Mental Health. Grant Number: R01 MH57505
Chinese parents exert more control over children than do American parents. The current research examined whether this is due in part to Chinese parents' feelings of worth being more contingent on children's performance. Twice over a year, 215 mothers and children (Mage = 12.86 years) in China and the United States (European and African American) reported on psychologically controlling parenting. Mothers also indicated the extent to which their worth is contingent on children's performance. Psychologically controlling parenting was higher among Chinese than American mothers, particularly European (vs. African) American mothers. Chinese (vs. American) mothers' feelings of worth were more contingent on children's performance, with this contributing to their heightened psychological control relative to American mothers.