Parenting styles and child behavior in African American families of preschool children

J Clin Child Adolesc Psychol. 2002 Jun;31(2):272-7. doi: 10.1207/S15374424JCCP3102_12.


Examined the relations between parenting styles and child behavior problems in African American preschool children. Participants were 108 African American female caregivers of 3- to 6-year-old children. Correlational analysis showed that parent-reported child behavior problems were associated with maternal education, family income, and parents' endorsement of authoritative parenting, authoritarian parenting, and permissive parenting. Hierarchical regression analysis showed that the authoritative parenting style was most predictive of fewer child behavior problems. These results are consistent with previous findings with European American families and provide strong support for the cross-cultural validity of the authoritative parenting style.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • African Americans / psychology*
  • African Americans / statistics & numerical data
  • Child Behavior Disorders / ethnology*
  • Child Behavior Disorders / psychology*
  • Child, Preschool
  • Family / psychology*
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Parenting*