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A Comparison of Eastern and Western Parenting
Programmes, Policies and Approaches

ISBN 9780367662141
Published September 30, 2020 by Routledge
204 Pages

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Book Description

Parenting adolescents is a challenging task for parents. Professionals offer a range of support and parenting programmes to support parents. However, the importance of culturally adapting parenting programmes to benefit parents and their adolescent children hasn’t always been understood. This book provides a comparison of East and West parenting approaches and parenting programmes to show how vital a culturally sensitive approach is to the positive development of the parent-adolescent relationship. It offers a comprehensive overview of current theories and research on parenting adolescents. It focuses on comparing the differences in parenting style and practice between Chinese parents and their Western counterparts and the policy context in Chinese culture with that in the West. It also offers guidance on how to conduct an evaluation of parenting programmes and how to adapt them for the right cultural setting.

Postgraduate students studying parenting, developmental psychology or social work will find this work particularly useful, as will researchers in any of these areas.

Table of Contents


2.Parenting, parenting styles, and adolescent development in Hong Kong and
3.Parenting Programmes
4.Methodology of evaluating parenting programmes
5.Culturally sensitive parenting programme: examples from Hong Kong
6.Future direction of parenting programmes for parents of adolescents


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Low Yiu Tsang Andrew is Assistant Professor at Department of Social and Behavioural Sciences, City University of Hong Kong. Before moving into social work education in 2010, he worked for 17 years as a registered social worker. His main research interests lie in the evaluation of preventive interventions like indigenous parenting programmes in Chinese culture, positive youth development programmes in school settings and suicide prevention programmes in school settings among others.