Chinese Parenting Styles

Similar to many other races, the parenting style of most Chinese families is greatly influenced by traditions and cultural values.

As such, it is rare to find permissive and indulgent Chinese parents as that parenting style is often considered to be non-traditional. In addition, permissive parenting requires warmth and responsiveness from parents, something that is lacking in the majority of Chinese homes.

Authoritative Chinese Parenting

If Chinese parents are responsive, it is normally accompanied by a high level of demandingness as well, to establish an authoritative parenting style. Due to the inherent makeup of Chinese family culture, it is rare to find parents who are supportive but do not have a resonable amount of influence on their child’s development.

Uninvolved Chinese Parenting

The number of uninvolved Chinese parents is also lower compared to their western counterparts because of cultural values which place great importance in one’s family. In spite of the tendency for most Chinese parents to be unresponsive, the corresponding high level of demandingness means that Chinese homes are far more likely to be authoritarian than uninvolved.

Authoritative Chinese Parenting

The Authoritative parenting style is used by many westernised Chinese parents and a growing number of Chinese families who realise that parental responsiveness is critical for a child’s psychosocial development.

A lot of Chinese parents are adding a great deal of supportiveness to their existing demandingness in order to develop a healthy well-balanced child. During the transformation from an authoritarian to an authoritative parenting style, these parents have either modernised cultural traditions or replaced them with improved methods which are more suitable for today’s environment.

However, the majority of Chinese parents still use the authoritarian style of parenting where there are strict demands, expectations and a structured code of conduct. This is accompanied by a low level of responsiveness where children are told to obey instructions and not to question their parents.

In many cases, authoritarian Chinese parents use a great deal of psychological control over their children by expecting them to accept and follow rules without providing any explanations or answers to their child’s questions.

Although Chinese children have varying degrees of social skills, the majority of them tend to perform well academically and have minimal behavioural problems. These results confirm the observation that most Chinese parents have a high level of control in their approach which leads to an authoritarian or authoritative parenting style.

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