Examining cultural socialization within African American and European American households

This preliminary study explored the cultural socialization processes of 227 African American and European American parents of elementary schoolchildren. The Cultural Value Socialization Scales (K. M. Tyler, A. W. Boykin, C. M. Boelter, & M. L. Dillihunt, 2005) were used to garner parents’ reports of their cultural value socialization activities at home. The scales contained written vignettes depicting persons involved in activity that reflected a specific cultural value. Ethnocultural values examined were communalism, verve, movement, and affect, and mainstream cultural values included individualism, competition, bureaucracy, and materialism. Regression analyses reveal that being an African American parent was predictive of competition and materialism scores. Race was not a significant predictor of the remaining cultural value socialization scores. Limitations to the study are discussed.

Author(s): Tyler, K.M., Dillihunt, M.L., Boykin, A.W., Coleman, S.T., Scott, D.M., Tyler, C & Hurley, E.A
Publication: Cultural Diversity and Ethnic Minority Psychology 14(3), 201-204.
Year: 2008

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