Parenting in Pakistan: An Overview

  • Riffat Moazam ZamanEmail author
Part of the Science Across Cultures: The History of Non-Western Science book series (SACH, volume 7)


Considerable cross-cultural research has been conducted on Western or individualistic cultures and Asian or collectivistic cultures. In the latter case, mostly Chinese populations or Asian immigrants in the United States have been the subject of study. A great deal less is known about cultures from South Asia. The present chapter uses examples from my psychotherapy experience with Pakistanis to highlight common family norms and religious values that underlie childrearing practices. I will also provide a brief overview of research related to individualistic and collectivistic cultures and how these inform the self and its relationship. This chapter will also describe the few studies that have been conducted in this country. While my insights and experiences are by no means wholly representative of a country that includes several ethnic, linguistic, and cultural traditions, I will highlight some of the commonalities that are observable in Pakistani parenting styles.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of PsychiatryAga Khan UniversityKarachiPakistan

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