Understanding parenting practices and parents' views of parenting programs: a survey among Indonesian parents residing in Indonesia and Australia

Sumargi, Agnes, Sofronoff, Kate and Morawksa, Alina (2013) Understanding parenting practices and parents' views of parenting programs: a survey among Indonesian parents residing in Indonesia and Australia. Journal of Child and Family Studies, 24 1: 141-160. doi:10.1007/s10826-013-9821-3


Author Sumargi, Agnes
Sofronoff, Kate
Morawksa, Alina
Title Understanding parenting practices and parents' views of parenting programs: a survey among Indonesian parents residing in Indonesia and Australia
Journal name Journal of Child and Family Studies   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1062-1024
1573-2843
Publication date 2013-08-25
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1007/s10826-013-9821-3
Volume 24
Issue 1
Start page 141
End page 160
Total pages 20
Place of publication New York, NY, United States
Publisher Springer
Collection year 2014
Language eng
Abstract Parenting practices have been studied extensively in developed countries, but there are only limited parenting studies conducted in developing countries, such as Indonesia, the fourth most populated country in the world. Additionally, evidence-based parenting programs that aim to reduce parenting risks and child emotional and behavioral problems are not available for Indonesian families. It is, therefore, important to understand Indonesian parents' parenting practices and needs for accessing parenting programs in order to contribute to the development of culturally relevant parenting programs for Indonesian families. In this study, a survey was conducted to explore different aspects of parenting practices and parents' views of parenting programs within an Indonesian population. Participants were 273 Indonesian parents residing in Indonesia and Australia who had a child aged 2-12 years old. Results indicate that most parents showed a high level of parental self-efficacy, parental adjustment, family relationships, and parental team work. They also reported low levels of dysfunctional parenting practices and child emotional and behavioral problems. No statistical differences were found in parenting practices and child emotional and behavioral problems between parents residing in Indonesia and Australia. Further investigation showed that many parents still used ineffective parenting strategies (e.g., shouting) when dealing with child misbehavior. Most parents were not familiar with existing parenting programs, but they indicated a moderate to high level of interest in participating in a parenting program, and noted several preferences for the delivery of such a program. Parents showed a preference for having an evidence-based parenting program, particularly a 'light touch intervention' that is affordable and conducted in an accessible place. Limitations of the study are also discussed, along with suggestions for future research and implications of findings.
Keyword Child emotional and behavioral problems
Indonesian parents
Parenting practices
Parenting program
Parenting risk and protective factors
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ
Additional Notes Published online: 25 August 2013.

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Sub-type: Article (original research)
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