Journal of Child and Family Studies

, Volume 19, Issue 1, pp 1–7 | Cite as

Introduction to Special Section on Cross-Cultural Research on Parenting and Psychological Adjustment of Children

  • Marwan DwairyEmail author
Original Paper


Parental factors such as control, rejection, and inconsistency have been reported as associated with psychological maladjustment. The papers in this Special Section are based on a multi-national study examining the association between these parental factors and adolescents’ psychological disorders in nine western and eastern countries, differing in family connectedness. Questionnaires assessing these factors were administered to 2,884 male and female adolescents. In this paper we discuss the parental factors and describe the methodology. We hypothesize that parental factors, family connectedness, and the association between these factors and adolescents’ mental health differ across cultures. In the papers that follow, we present the results and discuss their implications.


Parental control Rejection Inconsistency Mental health Culture 



I want to thank my colleague Mustafa Achoui who administered the scales and encoded the data in Saudi Arabia, Algeria, and Kuwait, and Anna Filus (Poland), Neharika Vohra (India), Martina Casullo (Argentina), Parissa Rezvan Nia (France), Huda Nijm (Jordan), and Lana Shhadi (Arabs in Israel) for their help in translating and administering the questionnaires and encoding the data of their countries.


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  1. 1.Nazareth ElitIsrael

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