The moderating effects of positive psychological strengths on the relationship between tiger parenting and child anxiety

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Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)207-215
Journal / PublicationChildren and Youth Services Review
Online published10 Oct 2018
Publication statusPublished - Nov 2018



The children of tiger parents have an elevated risk for anxiety disorders. This study aimed to expand upon the current literature, in a first such attempt, by uncovering the protective factors against the negative influence of tiger parenting on children. A Chinese sample of 439 Hong Kong children was successfully selected to assess whether tiger parenting increases the risk of child anxiety, and whether children's positive psychological traits can moderate the relationship between tiger parenting and child anxiety. The results showed that tiger parenting was positively associated with child anxiety, while the relationship of four positive moderators (namely, optimism, life satisfaction, hope, and gratitude) with child anxiety was negative. The children's optimism and gratitude also moderated the parental effect on child anxiety. To cultivate children with healthy psychological development, considerable efforts should be made on the parents and children to promote the benefits of positive parenting and positive psychology.

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  • Child anxiety, Positive parenting, Positive psychological strengths, Positive psychology, Tiger parenting

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