Parenting in Ecuador: Behaviors That Promote Social Competence

  • Paul L. SchvaneveldtEmail author
Part of the Science Across Cultures: The History of Non-Western Science book series (SACH, volume 7)


Parenting practices in Ecuador are dynamic, complex, and evolving. Parenting in Ecuador is shaped by its historical, economic, and political context. Parenting in Ecuador has been traditional in that parental authority was highly valued within a collectivist cultural context. Mothers and fathers followed traditional gender roles and socialization practices encouraged conformity to such patterns. Currently, Ecuador is experiencing many changes that are impacting parenting and family life. Gender roles are slowly changing, families often live in extended intergenerational households, many experience separation from family members due to emigration patterns, and divorce and single parenthood are becoming more common. Parenting practices that promote wellbeing and social competence for children and adolescence in Ecuador include an absence of punitiveness, neglect, and permissiveness. Positive parenting practices include the use of positive induction, involvement, monitoring, emotional closeness, and close family relationships. I also discuss parenting education programs and government policies.


Parenting Behavior Parenting Style Social Competence Parenting Practice Focus Group Interview 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Child and Family StudiesWeber State UniversityOgdenUSA

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