Roopnarine, Jaipaul          

Parenting Practices in Diverse Cultural Groups in the Caribbean: Links to Behavioral Health in Children
Abstract: This presentation will discuss the findings of a cross-section of studies from different ecological niches (Jamaica, Guyana, Suriname, St. Kitts, Trinidad and Tobago, Bahamas, and Barbados) on maternal and paternal parenting practices and children's behavioral health in different marital and mating systems. For example, across countries and in different marital and non-marital structural arrangements, mothers and fathers appear to use harsh approaches combined with warmth in structuring childrearing goals that are then implemented in everyday parenting practices. Although some of the associations between family processes such as parenting styles, cohesion and adaptability, ethnic/racial socialization and children's mental health match patterns in other cultural settings across the world, factors that mediate and/or moderate these associations vary a good deal across Caribbean ethnic groups. The implications of the findings of these studies are discussed in the context of indigenous psychological practices and a cross-country understanding of the factors that influence children's behavioral health.

Session #  002, Keynote and Plenary