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What's Hot? 07/29/16

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3. Big Brother - Sun
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*The following is excerpted from an online article posted on ScienceDaily.

Youth who experienced high parental warmth and support are less civically engaged in young adulthood -- in comparison to their peers who received less parental affection. This is the result of a recent study conducted by researchers from the University of Jena (Germany) and the Universities of Jyväskylä and Helsinki (Finland) that appears in the Journal of Youth and Adolescence. The surprising finding challenges the widely held belief that positive parenting leads to positive outcomes for children and youth in virtually all life domains.

Working as a volunteer in crisis regions or in social projects, petitioning, and taking part in political debates and demonstrations -- there are a lot of opportunities for civic engagement. "Such activities are important for any democracy to function, although the specific content of civic engagement may differ across societies," says Dr. Maria K. Pavlova, a developmental psychologist from the University of Jena. For instance, she explains, private efforts to help the needy are much more common in the US than in the continental Europe, where the state takes over. "However, many factors that are known to foster civic engagement, such as high educational attainment, appear to be pretty universal."

Above all, parental warmth and support as a part of "authoritative parenting" make youth more caring, more trusting, and more socially responsible. And this, as has previously been assumed, makes youth also more likely to get civically engaged later on. However, the opposite is the case, as Dr. Maria K. Pavlova together with her colleagues, Prof. Dr. Rainer K. Silbereisen (Jena), Dr. Mette Ranta, and Prof. Dr. Katariina Salmela-Aro (Jyväskylä and Helsinki), have now found out. In their just-published article, the researchers showed that parental warmth and support experienced in adolescence predicted significantly lower political activism up to 10 years later. Additionally, perceived parental support in young adulthood predicted lower volunteering 2 years later.

The researchers base their conclusions on a survey of more than 1,500 Finnish secondary school students (aged 16-18 years at the beginning of the survey and 25-27 years at its end). "Similar effects have also emerged in a German sample, though," says Maria Pavlova. This shows that the current findings from Finland may be generalized to other countries.

The researchers suspect that it is a combination of factors that might explain these effects. "On the one hand, Finnish parents see civic engagement neither as something important to labor market success nor as morally obligatory as the state provides many social services in Finland," explains Maria Pavlova. "On the other hand, high parental support in adolescence and young adulthood may be no longer age-appropriate. A pitfall of staying close to one's parents in young adulthood may be not caring for the world outside of one's own circle."

Although the negative effects of supportive parenting on civic engagement should not be overstated, conclude the researchers, their findings expose one problem: Good parenting alone, without an explicit endorsement of civic values in the family, is probably not enough to raise good citizens.

Source: ScienceDaily

*The following is excerpted from an online article posted on ScienceDaily.

It doesn't matter if you're an American "tiger mom," or a Chinese one, evidence shows that parents' attempts to control children through psychological means (e.g., shaming children) are associated with academic and emotional distress in children. This is according to a new study by Cecilia Cheung, assistant professor of psychology at the University of California, Riverside. Cheung's study, "Controlling and Autonomy-Supportive Parenting in the United States and China: Beyond Children's Reports," was published in the journal Child Development.

"There is a sizable amount of research indicating that a parent's controlling practices leads to a child's dampened academic and emotional functioning," explained Cheung. "And what's most surprising is that contrary to the suspicion and belief that countries would vary greatly in the outcome controlling parenting behavior has on children (because controlling parenting is more common in countries like China than the U.S.) -- in actuality it is very similar."

Cheung and her team of researchers studied nearly 350 mother/child pairs in China and the United States. Researchers observed the pairs as they worked on a problem-solving task in a laboratory. The team recorded controlling and autonomy-supportive practices while the mother-and-child pairs interacted with one another. Before the visit to the laboratory, both mother and child reported on the mother's parenting style, and the children responded to questions about their own emotional adjustment before and after the study.

When Chinese and American parents exhibited heightened controlling parenting practices with attempts to intrude on children's thoughts, feelings and behaviors, their children often developed academic and emotional problems. In contrast, when parents were supportive, but hands-off, children felt encouraged to make their own decisions and flourished.

"We found that both in the U.S. and China, children's reports of parenting were more commonly associated with the mother's reports than with the observer's," said Cheung. This could be because the mothers and children are "insiders" in that they are able to observe parenting in a variety of contexts compared to the observer who is an "outsider."

Source: ScienceDaily