A cross-cultural exploration of parental involvement and child-rearing beliefs in Asian cultures

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Frewen, Amie R., Chew, E., Carter, M., Chunn, J. and Jotanovic, D.. (2014) A cross-cultural exploration of parental involvement and child-rearing beliefs in Asian cultures. The Early Years. 35(1), pp. 36 - 49. https://doi.org/10.1080/09575146.2014.956294
AuthorsFrewen, Amie R., Chew, E., Carter, M., Chunn, J. and Jotanovic, D.
Abstract

Parental involvement (PI) and child-rearing beliefs were examined amongst parents whose children attended state-run kindergartens across Singapore. A total of 244 parents completed an online survey consisting of a Child-Rearing Beliefs Scale, a PI Scale, and demographic details. Results indicated respondents were generally low-income earners with high rates of bilingualism. Two-thirds of parents had enrolled their kindergarten children in extra classes, with half of parents indicating that academic achievement was their highest priority. Ethnic differences were noted, with Chinese parents showing less involvement at home and school and less emphasis on the development of creative and practical skills and conforming behaviors than parents from other Asian backgrounds. This effect was independent from the effects of gender, parental education, and income. These results confirm the importance parents place on academic achievement in Singapore, but also, along with, extend prior research to suggest that inter Asian differences exist.

KeywordsSingapore; parental involvement; child-rearing beliefs; Asian; kindergarten
Year2014
JournalThe Early Years
Journal citation35 (1), pp. 36 - 49
PublisherRoutledge
ISSN0957-5146
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.1080/09575146.2014.956294
Scopus EID2-s2.0-84921936579
Page range36 - 49
Research GroupSchool of Philosophy
Place of publicationUnited Kingdom
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