The Relation between Family Values and Parenting Style 

Shivani Patel and Dr. Argero Zerr 


There has been much research that has examined children’s self-esteem and parenting practices, both of which are influenced by family values. However, there has been limited research that establishes a direct link between family values and parenting style. A previous study examined academic values and discovered that children whose parents were authoritative earned higher grades in school than children whose parents were permissive (Strage & Brandt, 1999). Another study examined parenting styles and Chinese cultural values and discovered that mothers who adhere to Chinese principles are more likely to be authoritarian parents (Xu et al., 2005). Most previous studies look at cultural values in Asian cultures, however, the present study will examine the cultural values of Mexican-American families. The purpose of this study is to determine the association between family values and parenting style. The hypotheses for the present study are (1) A authoritarian Mexican-American parents will be more likely to report cultural/religious values, whereas permissive parents will be less likely to report cultural/religious values. (2) Asian American parents will be more likely to report academic and moral values compared to caucasian parents.  The study’s participants are caregivers of children ages 2 to 17 (N = 187), who were recruited via a number of online methods, including social media websites, email lists and newsletters, and newspapers, as well as through local communities. The participants completed all the measures online using Qualtrics. The measures utilized in this study are: (1) The Parenting Styles and Dimensions Questionnaire (Robinson et al., 2001), (2) Selected scales from the Mexican American Cultural Values Scale (Knight et al., 2010) and the (3) The Family Values Checklist (unpublished measure). The family values examined were cultural/religious values, academic values, moral values.


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