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Child Dev. 2004 Nov-Dec;75(6):1745-60.

Developmental consequences of early parenting experiences: self-recognition and self-regulation in three cultural communities.

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Department of Culture and Development, University of Osnabrueck, Osnabrueck. hkeller@uos.de

Abstract

This study relates parenting of 3-month-old children to children's self-recognition and self-regulation at 18 to 20 months. As hypothesized, observational data revealed differences in the sociocultural orientations of the 3 cultural samples' parenting styles and in toddlers' development of self-recognition and self-regulation. Children of Cameroonian Nso farmers who experience a proximal parenting style develop self-regulation earlier, children of Greek urban middle-class families who experience a distal parenting style develop self-recognition earlier, and children of Costa Rican middle-class families who experience aspects of both distal and proximal parenting styles fall between the other 2 groups on both self-regulation and self-recognition. Results are discussed with respect to their implications for culturally informed developmental pathways.

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