• March 8th, 2016

Chad 195 Cultural Interview

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There is controversy in contemporary research regarding whether or not parenting styles (i.e., the set of practices parents employ to socialize their children) vary as a function of culture. That is, are there different types of parenting practices, dimensions, and styles/patterns in different cultures? A second controversial question involves whether the same practice (e.g., physical punishment) or parenting style (e.g., authoritarian) employed in different cultures is related to the same developmental outcomes (e.g., does physical punishment reduce or increase misbehavior in different cultures; is authoritarian parenting related to academic achievement or failure in different cultures). The answers to these questions have significant implications for parent education efforts as well as the practice of health professionals, teachers, and service professionals who work with children and families. This assignment provides you the opportunity to explore the scientific theory and research on cultural variations in parenting and developmental outcomes and to interview a peer who has lived his or her childhood and adolescence in a different culture. One goal of this assignment is for you to take into account, not just the purported differences between cultures in the “prevalence” of certain parenting practices and styles (e.g., authoritarian parenting said to be prevalent in Eastern cultures and authoritative parenting in Western cultures), but also the often overlooked but important variability that exists in parenting practices and styles within cultures. The other goal of this assignment is for you to take into account the similarities that exist between cultures in the developmental outcomes that are associated with different types of parenting practices and styles.

Your job is to find someone who remembers their experiences during the ages 13-18. Please use these questions below for interviewing that person you’ve chosen. *Make sure the responses are detailed.

When you were growing up did your mother:
1) have a rule or expectation about your physical appearance: what you wear (including headscarf); how you cut your hair or style it? Rate it on a scale of 1 to 3 where 1= No Rule or Expectation, 2= Implicit/Unspoken Rule or Expectation, 3= Explicit Rule or Expectation. If the interviewee selects #1 and unequivocally states that his or her mother or father does not have a rule, ask: why; why do you think your mother or father does not have a rule? If the interviewee selects #2 0r #3 ask: Describe the rule or expectation? Then ask: How does your mother enforce this rule, make sure you follow the rule? Can you give an example? {Repeat this question for the father.}
2) have a rule or expect that you should or should not be friends with certain types or kinds of people? Rate it on a scale of 1 to 3 where 1= No Rule or Expectation, 2= Implicit/Unspoken Rule or Expectation, 3= Explicit Rule or Expectation. If the interviewee selects #1 and unequivocally states that his or her mother or father does not have a rule, ask: why; why do you think your mother or father does not have a rule? If the interviewee selects #2 0r #3 ask: Describe the rule or expectation. Then ask: How does your mother enforce this rule, make sure you follow the rule? Can you give an example? {Repeat this question for the father.}
3) have a rule or expectation about your future job, choice of an occupation, or career as an adult? Rate it on a scale of 1 to 3 where 1= No Rule or Expectation, 2= Implicit/Unspoken Rule or Expectation, 3= Explicit Rule or Expectation. If the interviewee selects #1 and unequivocally states that his or her mother or father does not have a rule, ask: why; why do you think your mother or father does not have a rule? If the interviewee selects #2 0r #3 ask: Describe the rule or expectation? Then ask: How does your mother enforce this rule? Can you give an example? {Repeat this question for the father.}
4) have a rule or expect that you be home at a certain time from school or when you go out with your friends (curfew)? Rate it on a scale of 1 to 3 where 1= No Rule or Expectation, 2= Implicit/Unspoken Rule or Expectation, 3= Explicit Rule or Expectation. If the interviewee selects #1 and unequivocally states that his or her mother or father does not have a rule, ask: why; why do you think your mother or father does not have a rule? If the interviewee selects #2 0r #3 ask: Describe the rule or expectation? Then ask: How does your mother enforce this rule? Can you give an example? {Repeat this question for the father.}
5) have a rule or expect that you maintain your grades at a certain level? Rate it on a scale of 1 to 3 where 1= No Rule or Expectation, 2= Implicit/Unspoken Rule or Expectation, 3= Explicit Rule or Expectation. If the interviewee selects #1 and unequivocally states that his or her mother or father does not have a rule, ask: why; why do you think your mother or father does not have a rule? If the interviewee selects #2 0r #3 ask: Describe the rule or expectation? Then ask: How does your mother enforce this rule? Can you give an example? {Repeat this question for the father.}
6) have a rule or expectation about you fighting or getting into conflict with your brother or sister? Rate it on a scale of 1 to 3 where 1= No Rule or Expectation, 2= Implicit/Unspoken Rule or Expectation, 3= Explicit Rule or Expectation. If the interviewee selects #1 and unequivocally states that his or her mother or father does not have a rule, ask: why; why do you think your mother or father does not have a rule? If the interviewee selects #2 0r #3 ask: Describe the rule or expectation? Then ask: How does your mother enforce this rule? Can you give an example? {Repeat this question for the father.}
7) have a rule or expectation about dating, such as when you should date and the kind of person you should date? Rate it on a scale of 1 to 3 where 1= No Rule or Expectation, 2= Implicit/Unspoken Rule or Expectation, 3= Explicit Rule or Expectation. If the interviewee selects #1 and unequivocally states that his or her mother or father does not have a rule, ask: why; why do you think your mother or father does not have a rule? If the interviewee selects #2 0r #3 ask: Describe the rule or expectation? Then ask: How does your mother enforce this rule? Can you give an example? {Repeat this question for the father.}
8) have a rule or expect that you follow a certain religion? Rate it on a scale of 1 to 3 where 1= No Rule or Expectation, 2= Implicit/Unspoken Rule or Expectation, 3= Explicit Rule or Expectation. If the interviewee selects #1 and unequivocally states that his or her mother or father does not have a rule, ask: why; why do you think your mother or father does not have a rule? If the interviewee selects #2 0r #3 ask: Describe the rule or expectation? Then ask: How does your mother enforce this rule? Can you give an example? {Repeat this question for the father.}
9) have a rule or expectation about when you should get married or whom you should marry (e.g., marry someone from the same culture or religious group) that you follow a certain religion? Rate it on a scale of 1 to 3 where 1= No Rule or Expectation, 2= Implicit/Unspoken Rule or Expectation, 3= Explicit Rule or Expectation. If the interviewee selects #1 and unequivocally states that his or her mother or father does not have a rule, ask: why; why do you think your mother or father does not have a rule? If the interviewee selects #2 0r #3 ask: Describe the rule or expectation? Then ask: How does your mother enforce this rule? Can you give an example? {Repeat this question for the father.}
10) have a rule or expectation about you lying to her? Rate it on a scale of 1 to 3 where 1= No Rule or Expectation, 2= Implicit/Unspoken Rule or Expectation, 3= Explicit Rule or Expectation. If the interviewee selects #1 and unequivocally states that his or her mother or father does not have a rule, ask: why; why do you think your mother or father does not have a rule? If the interviewee selects #2 0r #3 ask: Describe the rule or expectation? Then ask: How does your mother enforce this rule? Can you give an example? {Repeat this question for the father.}
11) have a rule or expectation about you doing chores? Rate it on a scale of 1 to 3 where 1= No Rule or Expectation, 2= Implicit/Unspoken Rule or Expectation, 3= Explicit Rule or Expectation. If the interviewee selects #1 and unequivocally states that his or her mother or father does not have a rule, ask: why; why do you think your mother or father does not have a rule? If the interviewee selects #2 0r #3 ask: Describe the rule or expectation? Then ask: How does your mother enforce this rule? Can you give an example? {Repeat this question for the father.}

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