Stricter Parenting Leads To Lower Self-Esteem In Children


Less supportive and punitive parenting techniques may lead to the development of low self-esteem, according to a new study conducted by the University of California.

“Our research shows that Tiger Mother type of parenting, specifically controlling, punitive, and less supportive type of parenting is really not working in this sample of Chinese adolescents,” Cixin Wang, an assistant professor at UC’s Riverside Graduate School of Education, said.

Wang added that it’s important for emotionally repressive parents show their approval and support for their children.

The research was based on data from a youth study in Hangzhou, China of 589 middle and high school students. The survey asked about each student’s perception of their parents’ behavior. It also inquired about their self esteem, school adjustment, depression and problem behaviors.

While the study was conducted among Chinese parents, the same research applies to Western parenting, since research in the field has proven that children with parents who exert a strong psychological control over them tend to have less self esteem and other positive characteristics.

Wang noted the similarities between Chinese and Western research of parenting styles, confirming that parents who support and monitor their children raised kids with positive adolescent adjustment.

In the study, psychological control, especially love withdrawal techniques, didn’t predict adolescent outcomes.

The study was published in the Journal of Family Issues.

Sources: IBN Live


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