Relations among promotive parenting behaviors and resourcefulness among African American children

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Meeshay Williams-Wheeler, PhD (Creator)
The University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG )
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Anne Fletcher

Abstract: "The purpose of the current study was to examine three promotive parenting behaviors (communication/reasoning, behavioral control, and trust) as predictors of resourcefulness among African American children. Child gender was also examined as a potential moderator of the relations between African American mothers' parenting behaviors and child well-being. Using data from a larger longitudinal project (N = 404) examining the social relationships among parents and behavioral outcomes among children, the participants in the current study were 136 African American mothers and children (n = 76 girls; 60 boys). The focal children were in the 4th grade and part of the second wave of data collection. Both mothers and children completed questionnaires in home interviews conducted by trained graduate and undergraduate students. Multiple regression analyses were conducted to examine the contribution of all predictor parenting variables (communication/reasoning, behavioral control, and trust) to child resourcefulness. Socioeconomic status, child gender and family structure (i.e., single- versus two-parent families) were control variables. Results of the current project indicate that African American mothers of boys versus mothers of girls did not vary in mean levels of parenting strategies for boys versus girls. Only communication/reasoning was associated with levels of resourcefulness among African American children. Child gender did not moderate associations between promotive parenting behaviors and child resourcefulness."--Abstract from author supplied metadata.

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Language: English
Date: 2006
parenting behaviors, communication, behavioral control, resourcefulness, African American mothers, African American children, gender, parenting, child well-being
Mother and child--Psychological aspects
African American mothers

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