Child-rearing practices and psychological disorders in children

Cross-cultural comparison of Korea and Australia

Kyung Ja Oh, Yee Jin Shin*, Kyung Joo Moon, Jennifer L. Hudson, Ronald M. Rapee

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The present study was designed to explore cultural differences in the relationship between parenting behaviors and psychological adjustment of the child. Mother-son interaction behaviors of 37 Korean boys (11 with Anxiety Disorder, 10 with Externalizing Disorders and 16 Non-clinical boys) and 54 Australian boys (20 with Anxiety Disorder, 17 with Externalizing Disorders and 17 Non-clinical boys) between the ages of 7 and 15 were compared in terms of parental negativity and involvement. The results indicated that Korean mothers displayed more overall negativity and lower overall involvement than Australian mothers. Furthermore, anxiety diagnosis was associated with low maternal involvement in the Korean subjects, while in the Australian subjects, high maternal involvement was associated with clinical status in the child.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)411-419
Number of pages9
JournalYonsei Medical Journal
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - Aug 2002

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