Discrimination Concerns and Expectations as Explanations for Gendered Socialization in African American Families

Fatima Varner*, Jelani Mandara

*Corresponding author for this work

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

26 Scopus citations

Abstract

Discrimination concerns and parental expectations were examined as mediators of the relations between gender and parenting practices among 796 African American mothers of 11- to 14-year-olds from the Maryland Adolescent Development in Context Study. Mothers of sons had more concerns about racial discrimination impacting their adolescents' future, whereas mothers of daughters had more gender discrimination concerns. Racial discrimination concerns, but not gender discrimination concerns, were related to lower maternal academic and behavioral expectations. Maternal expectations were related to mothers' responsiveness, rule enforcement, monitoring, and parent-adolescent conflict. The relations between gender and parenting practices were partially explained through mothers' racial discrimination concerns and expectations. These findings demonstrate the importance of contextual factors on African American family processes.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)875-890
Number of pages16
JournalChild development
Volume84
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - May 2013

ASJC Scopus subject areas

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

Fingerprint Dive into the research topics of 'Discrimination Concerns and Expectations as Explanations for Gendered Socialization in African American Families'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

  • Cite this