Parenting stress and child behavior problems among clinic-referred youth: Cross-cultural differences across the US and Korea

Kyong Mee Chung, Chad Ebesutani, Hye Min Bang, Joohee Kim, Bruce F. Chorpita, John R. Weisz, Dongsoo Suh, Heejung Byun

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Abstract

Due to increased multiculturalism in the US and abroad, there is a need for increased understanding of the different ways in which parenting stress is related to child problems across cultures. In the present study, we investigated (a) differences in reported parenting stress and childhood problem behaviors across a Korean (n = 71) and US (n = 71) sample, as well as (b) differences in the ways in which parenting stress and childhood problems were related across Korean and US children based on mothers' reports. Results revealed that Korean mothers reported significantly higher parenting stress yet significantly lower childhood problem behaviors compared to US mothers. In addition, mother-based reports of child problems were significantly associated with parenting stress in the US sample, but not in the Korean sample. Clinical implications and culturally-relevant issues relevant to these findings are addressed, including a potential under-reporting bias of child problems among Asian parents.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)460-468
Number of pages9
JournalChild Psychiatry and Human Development
Volume44
Issue number3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2013 Jun 1

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health
  • Developmental and Educational Psychology
  • Psychiatry and Mental health

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