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Positive Parenting, Values, and Children’s Prosocial Behavior in Eight Countries
Visiting Professor Conchetta (Tina) Pastorelli, one of the University of Rome's, (La Sapienza, Italy), most distinguished youth researchers will give a talk on Friday Nov. 21st at 11:00 a.m.
Reciprocal relations between two different dimensions of positive parenting (i.e., quality of the mother-child relationship and the use of balanced positive discipline) and children’s pro social behavior were examined in Colombia, Italy, Jordan, Kenya, the Philippines, Sweden, Thailand, and the United States. Mother-child dyads (N = 1105) provided data over 2 years in 2 waves (Mage of child in wave 1 = 9.31, SD = .73; 50% female). A model of reciprocal relations between parenting dimensions, but not among parenting and children’s pro social behaviour, emerged. Children
with higher levels of pro social behavior at age 9 elicited higher levels of mother-child relationship quality in the following year. Family-oriented values linked positive parenting to children’s pro social behavior.