African American Parenting

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This chapter begins with an overview of the broader context within which African American parenting occurs; with special attention to race-related economic and spatial dimensions and their linkage to historical and contemporary racism. It focuses on six domains of African American parenting such as behavioral control; discipline; emotion socialization; paternal involvement; parental involvement in education; and racial socialization. The chapter discusses implications of our current knowledge about African American parenting for future research; practice; and policy. African American parents bear the same responsibilities as European Americans for the survival; care; and upbringing of their children. African Americans are more likely to be rearing their children in the context of adverse economic conditions; single parenthood; significant neighborhood disadvantages; and less favorable employment conditions. A broader perspective on African American parents’ strong emphases on obedience; respect; and behavioral control is afforded by looking at other cultural groups that espouse similar emphases.