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Bridging Cultural and Developmental Approaches to PsychologyNew Syntheses in Theory, Research, and Policy$
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Lene Arnett Jensen

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780195383430

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195383430.001.0001

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Cultural and Developmental Pathways to Acceptance of Self and Acceptance of the World

Cultural and Developmental Pathways to Acceptance of Self and Acceptance of the World

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(p.187) Chapter 9 Cultural and Developmental Pathways to Acceptance of Self and Acceptance of the World
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Bridging Cultural and Developmental Approaches to Psychology
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Fred Rothbaum

Yan Z. Wang

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195383430.003.0009

This chapter examines how parental acceptance of children and the surrounding world influence children's acceptance of self and the world. While conceptions of parental acceptance are assumed to be universal, they are primarily based on European American values and research. Due to different cultural views of the self and world as malleable versus fixed, parents differ in the target of their acceptance—children's individual selves or the surrounding world. Parental acceptance also differs in that in can be evaluative or non-evaluative. Evidence suggests that European American as compared to East Asian caregivers are relatively more accepting of their children's individual selves and that they emphasize positive evaluation. By contrast, East Asian caregivers are relatively more accepting of the world surrounding their children and they provide relatively non-evaluative acknowledgement. As important socialization agents, parents' acceptance of children versus the world affects children's acceptance of self versus the world.

Keywords:   parents, acceptance of self, acceptance of world, East Asian, European American, malleable views, fixed views

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