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Culture and social change in mothers’ and fathers’ individualism, collectivism and parenting attitudes
Lansford, Jennifer E.1; Zietz, Susannah1; Al-Hassan, Suha M.2; Bacchini, Dario3; Bornstein, Marc H.4,5,6; Chang, Lei7; Deater-Deckard, Kirby8; Di Giunta, Laura9; Dodge, Kenneth A.1; Gurdal, Sevtap10; Liu, Qin11; Long, Qian12; Oburu, Paul13; Pastorelli, Concetta9; Skinner, Ann T.1; Sorbring, Emma10; Tapanya, Sombat14; Steinberg, Laurence15,16; Tirado, Liliana Maria Uribe17; Yotanyamaneewong, Saengduean18; Alampay, Liane Peña19
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Cultures and families are not static over time but evolve in response to social transformations, such as changing gender roles, urbanization, globalization, and technology uptake. Historically, individualism and collectivism have been widely used heuristics guiding cross-cultural comparisons, yet these orientations may evolve over time, and individuals within cultures and cultures themselves can have both individualist and collectivist orientations. Historical shifts in parents’ attitudes also have occurred within families in several cultures. As a way of understanding mothers’ and fathers’ individualism, collectivism, and parenting attitudes at this point in history, we examined parents in nine countries that varied widely in country-level individualism rankings. Data included mothers’ and fathers’ reports (N = 1338 families) at three time points in China, Colombia, Italy, Jordan, Kenya, Philippines, Sweden, Thailand, and the United States. More variance was accounted for by within-culture than between-culture factors for parents’ individualism, collectivism, progressive parenting attitudes, and authoritarian parenting attitudes, which were predicted by a range of sociodemographic factors that were largely similar for mothers and fathers and across cultural groups. Social changes from the 20th to the 21st century may have contributed to some of the similarities between mothers and fathers and across the nine countries.

KeywordAuthoritarian Collectivism Culture Historical Perspective Individualism International Parenting Attitudes Social Change
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WOS Research AreaSocial Sciences - Other Topics
WOS SubjectSocial Sciences, Interdisciplinary
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Scopus ID2-s2.0-85121760762
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Corresponding AuthorLansford, Jennifer E.
Affiliation1.Center for Child and Family Policy, Duke University, Durham, 27708, United States
2.Department of Special Education, Hashemite University, Zarqa, 13110, Jordan
3.Department of Humanistic Studies, University of Naples “Federico II”, Naples, 80127, Italy
4.Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, Bethesda, 20810, United States
5.UNICEF, New York, 10001, United States
6.Institute for Fiscal Studies, London, WC2R 2PP, United Kingdom
7.Department of Psychology, University of Macau, Macau, 999078, China
8.Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences, University of Massachusetts, Amherst, 01002, United States
9.Department of Psychology, Università di Roma “La Sapienza”, Rome, 00017, Italy
10.Centre for Child and Youth Studies, University West, Trollhättan, 46131, Sweden
11.Maternal and Child Health, School of Public Health and Management, Chongqing Medical University, Chongqing, 400016, China
12.Global Health Research Center, Duke Kunshan University, Kunshan, 215300, China
13.Department of Psychology, Maseno University, Maseno, 879-6112, Kenya
14.Peace Culture Foundation, Chiang Mai, 50000, Thailand
15.Department of Psychology, Temple University, Philadelphia, 19019, United States
16.Department of Psychology, King Abdulaziz University, Jeddah, 22230, Saudi Arabia
17.Department of Psychology, Universidad de San Buenaventura, Medellín, 050001, Colombia
18.Department of Psychology, Chiang Mai University, Chiang Mai, 50000, Thailand
19.Department of Psychology, Ateneo de Manila University, Quezon City, 1008, Philippines
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Lansford, Jennifer E.,Zietz, Susannah,Al-Hassan, Suha M.,et al. Culture and social change in mothers’ and fathers’ individualism, collectivism and parenting attitudes[J]. Social Sciences,2021,10(12).
APA Lansford, Jennifer E..,Zietz, Susannah.,Al-Hassan, Suha M..,Bacchini, Dario.,Bornstein, Marc H..,Chang, Lei.,Deater-Deckard, Kirby.,Di Giunta, Laura.,Dodge, Kenneth A..,Gurdal, Sevtap.,Liu, Qin.,Long, Qian.,Oburu, Paul.,Pastorelli, Concetta.,Skinner, Ann T..,Sorbring, Emma.,Tapanya, Sombat.,Steinberg, Laurence.,Tirado, Liliana Maria Uribe.,...&Alampay, Liane Peña.(2021).Culture and social change in mothers’ and fathers’ individualism, collectivism and parenting attitudes.Social Sciences,10(12).
MLA Lansford, Jennifer E.,et al."Culture and social change in mothers’ and fathers’ individualism, collectivism and parenting attitudes".Social Sciences 10.12(2021).
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