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#1 of 3 Old 05-15-2013, 04:21 AM - Thread Starter
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A new study published in the Asian American Journal of Psychology suggests that children parented by a "Tiger Mother" do not have the highest rates of academic and socio-emotional success. The study was covered on NPR and you can read or listen to the segment here


Parents who were deemed "Supportive" by behaving in a warm, engaged, and flexible way with their children, tended to have the children with the highest GPAs.


The author of the study says in her interview with NPR:

And so when we saw this book by Amy Chua we thought, wow, maybe the children who have these Tiger Moms will be the ones doing really well extraordinarily in terms of their academic outcomes. And perhaps in terms of their socio-emotional outcomes they may not be as healthy. But what really surprised us was that despite our hypothesis, the children of Tiger Parents are actually not doing well academically and also not doing well socio-emotionally either. So, even though Amy Chua sort of made us think that being a "Tiger Mom" or "Tiger Parent" would produce academic superstars, it actually didn't. The children who had what we would call "supportive parents" were the students who were doing the best in terms of their academic performance.

It's a fascinating read and listen. You can find it here

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Thank you for sharing this, VKHarberRYT! Starting to listen right now.

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Just read this today!  While I think some individual parenting styles can handle a bit of higher pressure and expectations , I never felt right about the full Tiger Mom model as it's been presented.

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