In children’s development, biological milestones, such as puberty, tend to be universal across cultures, whereas social milestones, such as individuation from their parents, can differ from one culture to the next. Culture plays a crucial role in influencing childhood development.
Effective parenting styles also vary among cultures. The authoritative parenting style is the style most encouraged in North America. Parents with authoritative parenting style would set consistent limits, listen to the child’s point of view and respond to them with expression of warmth and affection. Research has found children raised by authoritative parents tend to have high self-esteem and good social skills.
As for Chinese, many parents have adopted the authoritarian parenting style. They place high value on conformity and obedience. Children are tightly monitored, and parents often express less warmth to their children. Researchers have found children raised by authoritarian parents did just as well in school as their peers who were raised by authoritative parents. Other than academic achievement, parents have to consider whether their children achieve emotional and psychological well-being.
Mrs. Yeung’s study of 34 bicultural adult second-generation Chinese Canadian will give further insight into the well-being of the children of immigrants, and how parents can raise healthier teenagers. Immigrant parents have to support their children, so they would know how to balance and negotiate cultural differences to achieve well-being. As the result, not only can the children attain high academic achievement, but they will also develop their emotional quotient, so they would be successful professionally, socially, emotionally and spiritually. Otherwise, personality disorder may result if their emotionally and psychological well-being are compromised.
The workshop will discuss the findings of the research and insights on how to raise emotionally and socially healthy children and teenagers.
講員: 楊蕭白雲女仕 (Mrs. Winnie Yeung)
Mrs. Winnie Yeung is a Registered Psychotherapist, Registered Marriage and Family Therapist and an approved supervisor of American Association of Marriage and Family Therapy and . She is also a Registered Play Therapist and a Certified Child Psychotherapist and Play Therapist and a supervisor of The Canadian Association for Child and Play Therapy. She graduated from Tyndale University College and Seminary in Master of Divinity in counselling. She is currently pursuing her PhD in Counselling and Spirituality at Saint Paul University in Ottawa. She has lectured on alternative healing to adolescents to graduate students and has provided psychotherapy trainings to counsellors. She has been providing individual, couple and family therapy to adults, children and teenagers at Peartree Counselling.