Traditional, strict "tiger mother type" Chinese upbringing might lead to the development of low self-esteem in their kids, revealed a new study.
It was mentioned that less supportive and punitive parenting techniques used by some Chinese parents might also make it difficult for kids to adjust at schools.
AdvertisementThe study, believed to be the first that provides empirical support to this idea, refutes the idea that the traditional, strict "Chinese" upbringing, which gained widespread attention in the 2011 book 'Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother' by Amy Chua, was superior.
Cixin Wang, an assistant professor at UC Riverside's Graduate School of Education, said that it was important for Chinese parents, who tend to be less emotionally expressive and use less praise in parenting, to show their approval, love and support for their children.
The study also has implications for Chinese Americans and other Asian Americans, who are often trying to balance traditional cultural norms with popular parenting practice in American society today.
The study is published in the Journal of Family Issues.