Parental influences and mental health among some Australian youth: Crosscultural analysis

Patrick C L Heaven*, Mandy Goldstein

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Abstract

This study was designed to examine the extent to which a range of family variables are associated with self-esteem and depression among samples of Asian-Australian and Anglo-Australian youth. Samples were drawn from three Sydney high schools known to have higher than average numbers of migrant children from south-east Asia. Crosscultural and sex differences were found, with Asian Australians and females reporting higher levels of depression and lower self-esteem than Anglo-Australians and males. As predicted, perceptions of parental bonding and parental discipline styles were found to be associated with self-esteem and depression among the Anglo respondents. However, there were no main effects of parental bonding on mental health scores among the Asian students, while the effect of a punitive discipline style on depression was tempered by the sex of respondent. Possible explanations for these cultural differences are raised, and some suggestions for future research are made.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)170-175
Number of pages6
JournalAustralian Journal of Psychology
Volume53
Issue number3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2001
Externally publishedYes

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