Keywords

parenting, prosocial behavior, ethnicity, bidirectionality

Abstract

The current study examined bidirectional relations between parenting and prosocial behavior for both European- and Asian-American emerging adults. Participants included 297 undergraduate students (M age  = 19.61 at Time 1, 59% European-American) who reported on prosocial behavior toward family members, positive parenting, and negative/controlling parenting at two time points, 1 year apart. Cross-lagged models supported bidirectional relations between parenting and prosocial behavior with particular emphasis on the role of the emerging adults’ prosocial behavior on subsequent parenting. Also, the bidirectional relations between parenting and emerging adults’ prosocial behavior were different for mothers and fathers. Results varied slightly as a function of ethnicity. Discussion focuses on the implications for understanding the multifaceted nature of prosocial development in emerging adulthood.

Original Publication Citation

Padilla-Walker, L. M., Nelson, L. J., Barry, C. M., & *Fu, X. (2018). Bidirectional relations between parenting and prosocial behavior for Asian and European American emerging adults. Journal of Adult Development, 25, 107-120.

Document Type

Peer-Reviewed Article

Publication Date

2017-09-13

Publisher

Journal of Adult Development

Language

English

College

Family, Home, and Social Sciences

Department

Family Life

University Standing at Time of Publication

Full Professor

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