Parenting and Parent-Child Relationships in Chile

  • Kevin Ray BushEmail author
  • Gary W. Peterson
Part of the Science Across Cultures: The History of Non-Western Science book series (SACH, volume 7)


This chapter reviews scholarly literature and theory related to parenting and parent-child/adolescent relationships in Chile. Consistent with most other societies, families play an important role in Chilean society, a fundamental aspect of which is the parent-child relationship. This chapter begins with a brief overview of the country itself and then an introductory description of Chilean society and family life. Following this is an overview of parenting and parent-child relationships in Chile that is based on previous studies as well as insights from existing data sets (e.g., the Global School-Based Student Health Survey Chile from the World Health Organization and the Cross National Adolescent Social Competence Study). Key parenting practices are both prevalent and related to outcomes in theoretically relevant ways among Chilean families. Many of the findings are similar to what one would expect to find in the United States or other Western countries, thus the presence and influence of both individualistic as well as collectivistic values are apparent. Recommendations for future research include the focus on greater conceptual clarity, frequent cross-cultural comparisons, equal sampling of mothers and fathers, and the development/validation and implementation of psychometrically sound measurement instruments.


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  1. 1.Miami UniversityOxfordUSA

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