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Parental acceptance–rejection and child prosocial behavior: Developmental transactions across the transition to adolescence in nine countries, mothers and fathers, and girls and boys.
Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, Child and Family Research, Bethesda .
Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, Bethesda, MD, USA.
Duke University, Center for Child and Family Policy, Durham, NC, USA.
University of Macau, Department of Psychology, China.
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2018 (English)In: Developmental Psychology, ISSN 0012-1649, E-ISSN 1939-0599, Vol. 54, no 10, p. 1881-1890Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Promoting children’s prosocial behavior is a goal for parents, healthcare professionals, and nations. Does positive parenting promote later child prosocial behavior, or do children who are more prosocial elicit more positive parenting later, or both? Relations between parenting and prosocial behavior have to date been studied only in a narrow band of countries, mostly with mothers and not fathers, and child gender has infrequently been explored as a moderator of parenting–prosocial relations. This cross-national study uses 1,178 families (mothers, fathers, and children) from 9 countries to explore developmental transactions between parental acceptance–rejection and girls’ and boys’ prosocial behavior across 3 waves (child ages 9 to 12). Controlling for stability across waves, within-wave relations, and parental age and education, higher parental acceptance predicted increased child prosocial behavior from age 9 to 10 and from age 10 to 12. Higher age 9 child prosocial behavior also predicted increased parental acceptance from age 9 to 10. These transactional paths were invariant across 9 countries, mothers and fathers, and girls and boys. Parental acceptance increases child prosocial behaviors later, but child prosocial behaviors are not effective at increasing parental acceptance in the transition to adolescence. This study identifies widely applicable socialization processes across countries, mothers and fathers, and girls and boys. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2018 APA, all rights reserved)

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2018. Vol. 54, no 10, p. 1881-1890
Keywords [en]
Childhood Development, Cross Cultural Differences, Prosocial Behavior, Social Acceptance, Parenting, Countries, Fathers, Human Sex Differences, Mothers, Parent Child Relations, Test Construction
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Psychology (excluding Applied Psychology)
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SOCIAL SCIENCE, Psychology; Child and Youth studies
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URN: urn:nbn:se:hv:diva-12946DOI: 10.1037/dev0000565ISI: 000445089800007Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-85053660763OAI: oai:DiVA.org:hv-12946DiVA, id: diva2:1251678
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Funders Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, RO1-HD054805; Fogarty International Center, RO3-TW008141

Available from: 2018-09-27 Created: 2018-09-27 Last updated: 2019-05-28Bibliographically approved

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