Eva Pomerantz (U. of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign)

Raising Happy Learners: Insights from the United States and China - Developmental Brown Bag Series

Oct 13, 2016
from 12:10 PM to 01:00 PM

166 Young Hall

East Asian children outperform their Western counterparts academically. The East Asian edge in achievement has led to calls for Westerners to adopt the East Asian style of parenting. However, doing so may come at a cost: Although parenting practices common in East Asia may enhance children’s engagement and achievement in school, they may also put pressure on children, heightening their risk for emotional problems. In this presentation, I will review evidence from our lab on how and why Chinese and American parenting styles differ. I will then present findings suggesting that although the Chinese (vs. American) style can facilitate children’s academic adjustment, it can also undermine their emotional adjustment. Discussion will focus on whether it is possible to combine East Asian and Western styles of parenting to optimize children’s academic and emotional adjustment in both regions. 

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