Effects of the Interaction of Parenting Practices and Environment on Children’s Outcomes

A special issue of Behavioral Sciences (ISSN 2076-328X). This special issue belongs to the section "Developmental Psychology".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 11 November 2024 | Viewed by 974

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Psychology College of Arts and Sciences, University of South Carolina, Columbia, SC 29208, USA
Interests: community violence exposure; transitions in adolescence; ethnic-racial socialization; ethnic-racial identity; discrimination; academic outcomes; psychosocial outcomes; ethnic minority populations

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Department of Human Development and Family Sciences, Population Research, The University of Texas at Austin, Austin, TX 78712, USA
Interests: adolescence; parenting; discrimination; race-related stressors; family processes; mental health; academic outcomes; Black Americans; ethnic minority families; coping

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Dear Colleagues,

Parenting is context-dependent [1] and can influence developmental trajectories across the lifespan [2]. There is a burgeoning body of literature that has demonstrated how parenting practices in ethnic minority populations are linked to psychosocial and academic outcomes [3–5]. Moreover, theoretical and conceptual frameworks have indicated that various environments can shape aspects of parenting and parenting practices [6–8]. This Special Issue welcomes contributions including but not limited to empirical and applied research, various methodological approaches (e.g., qualitative, quantitative, and mixed methods), theoretical/conceptual frameworks on parenting, and intervention or prevention research. Primarily, we are interested in parenting/parenting practices in relation to various contexts (e.g., culture, discrimination, schools, neighborhoods, communities, and workplaces) that focus on either academic (e.g., achievement, motivation, and belonging) or psychosocial outcomes (e.g., identity, mental health, and attachment). Furthermore, we are also interested in intergenerational processes; thus, studies can include outcomes of parenting practices for children, adolescents, and adults to help broaden the topic of interest. This Special Issue aspires to broaden the field of knowledge on parenting from diverse perspectives and backgrounds. Therefore, we welcome both theoretical and empirical contributions to the field. 


  1. Belsky, J. The determinants of parenting: A process model. In Child Development; Wiley: Hoboken, NJ, USA, 1984; pp. 83–96.
  2. Holden, G.W. Childrearing and developmental trajectories: Positive pathways, off‐ramps, and dynamic processes. Child Dev. Perspect. 20104(3), 197–204.
  3. Pinquart, M.; Kauser, R. Do the associations of parenting styles with behavior problems and academic achievement vary by culture? Results from a meta-analysis.  Divers. Ethn. Minor. Psychol. 201824(1), 75.
  4. Umaña‐Taylor, A.J.; Hill, N.E. Ethnic–racial socialization in the family: A decade's advance on precursors and outcomes. Marriage Fam. 202082(1), 244–271.
  5. Wang, M.T.; Henry, D.A.; Smith, L.V.; Huguley, J.P.; Guo, J. Parental ethnic-racial socialization practices and children of color’s psychosocial and behavioral adjustment: A systematic review and meta-analysis.  Psychol. 202075(1), 1.
  6. Bronfenbrenner, U. The Ecology of Human Development: Experiments by Nature and Design; Harvard University Press: Cambridge, MA, USA, 1979.
  7. Coll, C.G.; Crnic, K.; Lamberty, G.; Wasik, B.H.; Jenkins, R.; Garcia, H.V.; McAdoo, H.P. An integrative model for the study of developmental competencies in minority children. Child Dev. 199667(5), 1891–1914.
  8. Murry, V.M.; Lippold, M.A. Parenting practices in diverse family structures: Examination of adolescents’ development and adjustment. J. Res. Adolesc. 201828(3), 650–664.

Dr. Meeta Banerjee
Dr. Fatima A. Varner
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  • parenting
  • ethnic minority populations
  • culture
  • schools
  • neighborhoods
  • communities
  • academic outcomes
  • psychosocial outcomes

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Maternal Involvement in Education, Bicultural Acceptance, and School Adjustment: An Autoregressive Cross-Lagged Modeling Study among Adolescents from Multicultural Families
by Yangmi Lim
Behav. Sci. 2024, 14(5), 368; https://doi.org/10.3390/bs14050368 - 26 Apr 2024
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This study examined the associations between maternal involvement in education and bicultural acceptance and school adjustment during the first year of middle school among adolescents from Korean multicultural families as well as the reciprocal relationships between bicultural acceptance and school adjustment during the [...] Read more.
This study examined the associations between maternal involvement in education and bicultural acceptance and school adjustment during the first year of middle school among adolescents from Korean multicultural families as well as the reciprocal relationships between bicultural acceptance and school adjustment during the three years of middle school. The present study used three-wave longitudinal data of 1185 dyads of adolescents (50.8% girls; mean age = 12.96 ± 0.35 years at the first wave) and their immigrant mothers (mean age = 43.54 ± 5.19 years at the first wave), who participated in the Multicultural Adolescents Panel Study. An autoregressive cross-lagged modeling analysis revealed that maternal involvement in education was significantly and positively associated with adolescents’ bicultural acceptance and school adjustment in the first year of middle school. Individual levels of bicultural acceptance and school adjustment among adolescents remained moderately stable over the three years. Whereas the positive effects of school adjustment on bicultural acceptance were significant over time, the effects of bicultural acceptance on school adjustment were not. Finally, this study highlights the roles of intervention programs (e.g., parent and multicultural education) in facilitating maternal involvement in education and school adjustment as well as in increasing bicultural acceptance among minority youths. Full article
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