Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: https://doi.org/10.1080/14616734.2017.1365912
Title: The role of ethnicity and socioeconomic status in Southeast Asian mothers' parenting sensitivity
Authors: Heng, Jeremy
Quan, Jeffry
Sim, Litwee
Sanmugam, Shamini
Broekman, Birit F.P. 
Bureau, J.
Holbrook, Joanna Dawn 
Rifkin-Graboi, Anne
Keywords: Asian
Ethnicity
Income
Maternal education
Maternal sensitivity
Issue Date: 2-Jan-2018
Publisher: Routledge
Citation: Heng, Jeremy, Quan, Jeffry, Sim, Litwee, Sanmugam, Shamini, Broekman, Birit F.P., Bureau, J., Holbrook, Joanna Dawn, Rifkin-Graboi, Anne (2018-01-02). The role of ethnicity and socioeconomic status in Southeast Asian mothers' parenting sensitivity. Attachment and Human Development : 1-19. ScholarBank@NUS Repository. https://doi.org/10.1080/14616734.2017.1365912
Abstract: Past research indicates that socioeconomic status (SES) accounts for differences in sensitivity across ethnic groups. However, comparatively little work has been conducted in Asia, with none examining whether ethnicity moderates the relation between SES and sensitivity. We assessed parenting behavior in 293 Singaporean citizen mothers of 6-month olds (153 Chinese, 108 Malay, 32 Indian) via the Maternal Behavioral Q-Sort for video interactions. When entered into the same model, SES (F(1,288) = 17.777, p <.001), but not ethnicity, predicted maternal sensitivity (F(2,288) =.542, p =.582). However, this positive relation between SES and sensitivity was marginally moderated by ethnicity. SES significantly positively predicted sensitivity in Chinese, but not Malay dyads. Within Indian dyads, SES marginally positively predicted sensitivity only when permanent residents were included in analyses. We discuss the importance of culture on perceived SES-associated stress. However, because few university-educated Malays participated, we also consider whether university education, specifically, positively influences sensitivity. © 2017 Informa UK Limited, trading as Taylor & Francis Group.
Source Title: Attachment and Human Development
URI: http://scholarbank.nus.edu.sg/handle/10635/137125
ISSN: 14616734
DOI: 10.1080/14616734.2017.1365912
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