Gender, parenting, and adolescent functioning in Bangladesh

Sunita Mahtani Stewart, Michael Harris Bond, Abu Saleh M Abdullah, Stefan S L Ma

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This study is an initial attempt to examine the association between perceived parental styles and practices and academic achievement in Bangladesh, a Muslim culture. Associations among perceptions of parents' styles and supervisory practices, and self-esteem, relationship harmony, and academic achievement, were examined in 14- and 15-year-old girls and boys (N = 212) in Dhaka. Parental supervisory practices were associated with a warm parental style for girls and parental dominating control for boys. Girls' (but not boys') perceptions of parents predicted academic achievement and were mediated by self-esteem. Our data provide a rare window into an Islamic society and demonstrate differences in social influences on boys and girls in this highly gender-differentiated culture.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)540-563
Number of pages24
JournalMerrill-Palmer Quarterly
Issue number3
StatePublished - Jul 1 2000

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Education
  • Developmental and Educational Psychology
  • Social Sciences (miscellaneous)

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    Stewart, S. M., Bond, M. H., Abdullah, A. S. M., & Ma, S. S. L. (2000). Gender, parenting, and adolescent functioning in Bangladesh. Merrill-Palmer Quarterly, 46(3), 540-563.