Mothers' and fathers' racial socialization in African American families: implications for youth.


Journal Article

Mothers' and fathers' cultural socialization and bias preparation with older (M=13.9 years) and younger (M=10.31 years) siblings were studied in 162 two-parent, African American families. Analyses examined whether parental warmth and offspring age and gender were linked to parental practices and whether parents' warmth, spouses' racial socialization, or youth age or gender moderated links between racial socialization and youth outcomes. Parental warmth was linked to parents' socialization. Mothers engaged in more socialization with older offspring, and fathers more with sons. Mothers' cultural socialization was positively related to youth ethnic identity and fathers' was negatively related to youth depression symptoms. Youth exhibited a lower locus of control when mothers were high but fathers were low in racial socialization.

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Cited Authors

  • McHale, SM; Crouter, AC; Kim, J-Y; Burton, LM; Davis, KD; Dotterer, AM; Swanson, DP

Published Date

  • September 2006

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 77 / 5

Start / End Page

  • 1387 - 1402

PubMed ID

  • 16999806

Pubmed Central ID

  • 16999806

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1467-8624

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0009-3920

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1111/j.1467-8624.2006.00942.x


  • eng