The moderating role of English proficiency in the association between immigrant Chinese mothers’ authoritative parenting and children’s outcomes.


The authors’ objective was to investigate the association between Chinese immigrant mothers’ authoritative parenting and their children’s socioemotional and behavioral difficulties. Participants were 136 first-generation Chinese immigrant mothers with 3-5-year-old children residing in the United States. Authoritative parenting was associated with lower socioemotional and behavioral difficulties in children as reported by preschool teachers. Further moderation analyses revealed that immigrant mothers’ English proficiency moderated the association between authoritative parenting and children’s difficulties. Specifically, authoritative parenting was significantly associated with fewer total difficulties only for children with mothers who reported higher English proficiency.