A study conducted by researchers at UC Berkeley has found that tiger parenting doesn’t work.
“Children raised by authoritarian parents are showing maladaptive outcomes, such as depression, anxiety and poor social skills,” said Qing Zhou, who heads UC Berkeley’s Culture and Family Laboratory.
She recently taught a parenting class for Asian American divorced mothers, made of mostly of immigrant parents.
“When they first came to the workshops, a lot of them would say, ‘Why should I praise my child for doing something they are supposed to do?’ But we encouraged them to try and they saw positive changes in their relationships,” Zhou said.
You can read a deeper look into tiger parenting along with an interview with Kim Wong Keltner, author of “Tiger Babies Strike Back” in UC Berkeley.