Pediatrics Perspective: Cross-cultural Parenting: Reflections on Autonomy and Interdependence.
Johnson, Laura. Radesky, Jenny. Zuckerman, Barry.
Boston Medical Center.
Published: April 2013
Vol. 131, No. 4 , p. 631-633
American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP)
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To help pediatricians understand the origins and goals of many parenting behaviors, this commentary discusses 2 culturally informed themes of parenting in the anthropology literature: autonomy and interdependence. It explains that Western cultures emphasize autonomy while other cultures tend to value interdependence, and that many parenting priories are likely informed by the parents' cultural beliefs related to their own upbringing. Cultural differences in the areas of feeding, bed-sharing and school readiness are described. 7 references.
immigrants; children of immigrants; pediatricians role; child development; parenting; child behavior; cultural competency; Cultural differences; Child rearing