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Do ‘tiger mom’ tactics create anxious kids?


High-achieving Chinese-American students are more depressed and anxious than their white peers, according to a new study that challenges the “tiger mother” view of parenting.

As defined by the author Amy Chua in her book, Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother, the Eastern view of parenting holds that children should be pushed to excel at all costs and that parents need not worry about their children’s happiness—only their success.

“There is a healthy middle ground between the parenting extremes of the East and West,” says Desiree Baolian Qin (pictured), assistant professor of human development and family studies at Michigan State University. 

“I strongly believe that happiness matters tremendously for children to develop well, so they don’t just have success now and then later on experience maladjustment. It’s really important for parents to pay attention to this.”

Full story at Futurity.

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