The Influence of Family Structure Characteristics on the Child-Rearing Behaviors of African American Mothers

Melvin N. Wilson, Laura Kohn-Wood, Judith Curry-el, Ivora D. Hinton

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Abstract

Recognition of the diversity of African American families increases our understanding of the socialization within these families. Family characteristics that influence socialization includefamily structure variables such as number of adult and child family members and amount offamily income. More likely than not, because the earliest primary caretaker of a child is the mother, socialization begins through maternal caretaking. Mothers'perceived performance of childrearing behaviors are thus dependent upon the support of other adults in the household. Using a probability survey sample of African American households, this study examined the relative influence of number of adults, number of children, mother's education, andfamily income on a mother's perceptions ofperformance of her child-rearing behaviors. As expected, results indicate thatfamily structure variables were related to mothers'performance of child-rearing behaviors.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)450-462
Number of pages13
JournalJournal of Black Psychology
Volume21
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - 1995
Externally publishedYes

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Child Rearing
Child Behavior
family structure
African Americans
Mothers
Socialization
socialization
income
number of children
Sampling Studies
performance
family member
American
Education
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The Influence of Family Structure Characteristics on the Child-Rearing Behaviors of African American Mothers. / Wilson, Melvin N.; Kohn-Wood, Laura; Curry-el, Judith; Hinton, Ivora D.

In: Journal of Black Psychology, Vol. 21, No. 4, 1995, p. 450-462.

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