Mothers' and fathers' racial socialization in African american families: Implications for youth

Susan M. McHale, Ann C. Crouter, Ji Yeon Kim, Linda M. Burton, Kelly D. Davis, Aryn M. Dotterer, Dena P. Swanson

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Abstract

Mothers' and fathers' cultural socialization and bias preparation with older (M = 13.9 years) and younger (M = 10.31 years) siblings were studied in 162 two-parent, African American families. Analyses examined whether parental warmth and offspring age and gender were linked to parental practices and whether parents' warmth, spouses' racial socialization, or youth age or gender moderated links between racial socialization and youth outcomes. Parental warmth was linked to parents' socialization. Mothers engaged in more socialization with older offspring, and fathers more with sons. Mothers' cultural socialization was positively related to youth ethnic identity and fathers' was negatively related to youth depression symptoms. Youth exhibited a lower locus of control when mothers were high but fathers were low in racial socialization.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1387-1402
Number of pages16
JournalChild development
Volume77
Issue number5
DOIs
StatePublished - Sep 2006

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health
  • Education
  • Developmental and Educational Psychology

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    McHale, S. M., Crouter, A. C., Kim, J. Y., Burton, L. M., Davis, K. D., Dotterer, A. M., & Swanson, D. P. (2006). Mothers' and fathers' racial socialization in African american families: Implications for youth. Child development, 77(5), 1387-1402. https://doi.org/10.1111/j.1467-8624.2006.00942.x