This research was supported by National Institute of Mental Health Grant R01 MH57505. We appreciate the constructive comments on an earlier version of this article provided by Peggy Miller and members of the Center for Parent-Child Studies at University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign.
Parents’ Involvement in Children’s Learning in the United States and China: Implications for Children’s Academic and Emotional Adjustment
Article first published online: 18 MAR 2011
© 2011 The Authors. Child Development © 2011 Society for Research in Child Development, Inc.
Volume 82, Issue 3, pages 932–950, May/June 2011
How to Cite
Cheung, C. S.-S. and Pomerantz, E. M. (2011), Parents’ Involvement in Children’s Learning in the United States and China: Implications for Children’s Academic and Emotional Adjustment. Child Development, 82: 932–950. doi: 10.1111/j.1467-8624.2011.01582.x
- Issue published online: 5 MAY 2011
- Article first published online: 18 MAR 2011
This research examined parents’ involvement in children’s learning in the United States and China. Beginning in seventh grade, 825 American and Chinese children (mean age = 12.74 years) reported on their parents’ involvement in their learning as well as their parents’ psychological control and autonomy support every 6 months until the end of 8th grade. Information on children’s academic and emotional adjustment was obtained. American (vs. Chinese) parents’ involvement was associated less with their control and more with their autonomy support. Despite these different associations, parents’ heightened involvement predicted children’s enhanced engagement and achievement similarly in the United States and China. However, it predicted enhanced perceptions of competence and positive emotional functioning more strongly in the United States than China.