Parenting and Child Self-Regulation in Chinese Families: A Multi-Informant Study

Nicholas F. Heimpel, Xueqin Qian, Wei Song

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Theory suggests that parenting affects the development of important psychological and behavioral outcomes. Many studies relate dimensions of parenting style such as demandingness and responsiveness to child outcomes including self-regulation. Few studies, however, relate parenting to self-regulation using Eastern Asian samples. The present study uses the China Family Panel Study (CFPS), a nationally representative Chinese survey, to investigate cross-sectional relations between parenting factors (responsiveness, behavioral control, and perceived responsibility) and child self-regulation, which was reported by both parents and ten-year-old children (N = 485). After controlling for demographics and self-esteem, perceived responsibility and responsiveness related to higher self-regulation in children, as reported by parents and children. Parents’ behavioral control of children was unrelated to self-regulation. Our findings that behavioral control showed nonsignificant relations to self-regulation in Chinese children indicate that parenting theory developed using western samples may generalize poorly to Chinese and other Eastern Asian populations.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)2343-2353
Number of pages11
JournalJournal of Child and Family Studies
Issue number7
StatePublished - Jul 1 2018

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  • Chinese sample
  • Parental behavioral control
  • Parental perceived responsibility
  • Parental responsiveness
  • Self-regulation


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