Influence of Culture on Parenting Practices and Child Development

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Influence of Culture on Parenting Practices and Child Development Gloria Moore MFCC 537 October 17, 2015 Professor Timothy Docheff Influence of Culture on Parenting Practices and Child Development Parenting practices and child development have a strong correlation. “Parents often like to think that children are immune to the stressful complexities and troubles of the rapidly changing adult world” (Henderson, 2011). Many adults underestimate the perception of children to the world and, therefore, believing concerns of the child do not matter. There are numerous factors involved in the developing child such as family constellation, home environment, peer pressures, and societal stresses. “The family, school, community, and many…show more content…
Hispanic-American families value respect, pride, loyalty, gender roles, and commitment to the family. Biracial and multiracial families experience differences involving mixed values, beliefs, and traditions that can be confusing to the children. Additional concerns and issues of these children include autonomy, social marginality, and racial-ethnic identity can create isolation behaviors. Secure Attachment and Problematic Family Relationships “The attachments of both child and parents affect children's physical, psychological, behavioral, and developmental wellbeing” (Rees, 2007). The emotional closeness that bonds the children to the family is influenced by the parents. In families where secure attachment patterns do not exist can create a dysfunctional environment for the children. “Attachment allows children the ‘secure base' necessary to explore, learn and relate, and the well-being, motivation, and opportunity to do so” (Rees, 2007). A family with a trusting relationship that demonstrates consistency in nurturing leads to positive developmental outcomes for the child's behavior. “While neuronal plasticity, developing cognition, and experience modulate stress responses, they do so around a baseline influenced by the first relationship an infant experiences” (Rees, 2007). Factors Contributing To Attachment Concerns Substance abusing parent, marital conflicts, emotional neglect, and poor stress regulation are factors contributing to attachment
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