Parent Behavior and Child Adjustment across Cultures

This project is the largest multicultural study to date that examined how parents’ discipline strategies and other aspects of parent-child relationships affect children’s development. An international group of researchers conducted interviews with children, mothers and fathers in nine countries (China, Colombia, Italy, Jordan, Kenya, Philippines, Sweden, Thailand, and United States). Each interview lasted one to two hours and addressed questions related to parents’ warmth, control, discipline strategies, attitudes and beliefs and to childrens’ behavior, attitudes and beliefs. Interviews were conducted annually.

Working Group Participants

  1. Liane Alampay, Ateneo de Manila University, Manila, Philippines
  2. Dario Bacchini, Second University of Naples, Naples, Italy
  3. Anna Silvia Bombi, Rome University ‘La Sapienza,’ Rome, Italy
  4. Marc H. Bornstein, National Institutes of Health, Bethesda, MD, USA
  5. Kirby Deater-Deckard, Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, VA, USA
  6. Kenneth A. Dodge, Duke University, Durham, NC, USA
  7. Lei Chang, Chinese University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong, China
  8. Jennifer E. Lansford, Duke University, Durham, NC, USA
  9. Patrick S. Malone, University of South Carolina, Columbia, SC, USA
  10. Paul Oburu, Maseno University, Kisumu, Kenya
  11. Concetta Pastorelli, Rome University ‘La Sapienza,’ Rome, Italy
  12. Desmond K. Runyan, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, NC, USA
  13. Emma Sorbring, University West, Sweden
  14. Sombat Tapanya, Chiang Mai University, Chiang Mai, Thailand
  15. Arnaldo Zelli, Istituto Universitario di Scienze Motorie, Rome, Italy
  16. Suha Al-Hassan, Hashemite University, Amman, Jordan
  17. Liliana M. Uribe Tirado, Universidad San Buenaventura, Medellin, Colombia