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Gisela Trommsdorff & Hans-Joachim Kornadt

In: Handbook of Dynamics in Parent-Child Relations

Chapter 14: Parent-Child Relations in Cross-Cultural Perspective

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Parent-Child Relations in Cross-Cultural Perspective
Parent-child relations in cross-cultural perspective
GiselaTrommsdorffHans-JoachimKornadt
Culture and Parent-Child Relations

This chapter aims to contribute to the discussion about the quality of parent-child relations from a cross-cultural perspective. Kuczynski and the other authors in this volume are critical of the traditional and widely accepted assumption that parent-child relations are characterized by a static, asymmetric power structure and unidirectional causality—that is, that parents influence their children's development, but not vice versa. In contrast, the concept of a bidirectional parent-child relation recognizes the influence, agency, and power of the child. In line with Kuczynski, the present chapter starts with the assumption that parent-child relations are bidirectional in many aspects. In addition, however, it points out that parent-child interactions are embedded in a broader sociocultural context ...

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