A comparison of the parenting perceptions of Greek-American and non-Greek-American parents

Panayiota Demetriou, Pace University


This research addresses the important issue of multicultural perceptions of parenting. More specifically, parent behavior importance ratings from Greek-American parents were compared with those of a mainly Caucasian population from the New York City metropolitan area. Using the parent development theory (PDT) as the basis for examining parenting, this study found mostly similarities in parenting perceptions between the two parent samples. Some differences were discerned, however. One difference was the extent to which some negative parenting behaviors were endorsed, with Greek-American parents being somewhat more negative than the contrast group.^ Within the Greek-American sample, there were some notable findings. For example, although not statistically significant, bonding yielded a mean difference between Greek parents. Greek mothers were more likely to consider bonding behaviors as more important than Greek fathers. Additionally, a relationship was found between Religious Beliefs and Superstitions and Negativity, demonstrating that parents who valued the Greek Orthodox religious values were more likely to respond to their children in a negative manner Acculturation levels between Greek immigrants and U.S.A. born first generation Greeks were also explored. Findings indicate that first generation Greeks experienced higher levels of Acculturation to the host culture than the Greek immigrants.^ The results of this research are especially pertinent to professional practitioners, such as school psychologists. Service providers offer, for instance, assessment, consultation, and interventions for children, parents, and families. Understanding differences in perceptions of parents toward their important role in raising their children can be significant since professionals and those they serve may have different perceptions and child-rearing values. This research provides additional findings regarding parenting beliefs. With an appreciation of the diverse views of parenting, practitioners may be sensitive to multi-cultural dynamics and provide services consistent with individuals' and families' cultural backgrounds.^

Subject Area

Psychology, Social|Psychology, Clinical|Sociology, Individual and Family Studies|Sociology, Ethnic and Racial Studies

Recommended Citation

Demetriou, Panayiota, "A comparison of the parenting perceptions of Greek-American and non-Greek-American parents" (2008). ETD Collection for Pace University. AAI3386274.



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