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Is coercive parenting practiced by African cultures the reason for the lack of innovative African youth?

i am an African and i am currently living in the U.S.A and so far what i find most moving and inspiring is the innovative spirit which the American youth have. .Every time i ask someone what they want to do with their lives i get interesting answers about these different profession where as back home all i hear is the same old things such as accountant, lawyer, teacher etc.i did some research as to why this is so and the one sticking point i found was the difference in the parenting style.i is the coercive parenting style practiced in many African homes the reason for the lack of innovation in Africa and the reason for the slow economic growth experienced by many African countries ?

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    Sep 7 2013: Although I cannot speak for African adolescents, I can try and give a bit of my experience of the phenomena you're speaking about here in California. Although there are many reasons, and most definitely parenting is one of them, specific class' conception of success and cultural values (both ethnic and nationalistic) play a large role on the identity of individuals and their aspirations.

    This topics warrants extensive study in psychology, sociology, and anthropology but i'll try give you the gist of what i'm getting at.

    I don't think we can necessarily argue that specifically coercive parenting impacts child innovation, the line of causation would be inconclusive, although i'm sure it does have some impact on individuals. What we can look is the the specific culture and the parent/child relationship values it has. In terms of coercive parenting, it is probably safe to say that rates vary by culture. For example, as a Hispanic and although my parents we're never hostile toward me, have heard extensively about the hostility of many of my peers parents. But even here, we cannot really draw conclusions. Some of my friends, whom were hit or screamed at consistently, had absolutely no spite toward their parents while others were driven into complete revolt because of their repulsion of their (arguably) abusive parents.

    Again, this is still too inconclusive.

    What we can look at, and what a Professor and a few colleagues of mine are working on for Research in psychology, are the Cultural conceptions of success; at the level of ethnicity or heritage, the culture of success demographically (ex. born in Los Angeles, what is wealthy or successful?), and at the level of the state.

    At the macro-level, it seems that education choices have been impacted by economic need; more students view university education as a career path.
    Innovative majors in the arts or humanities are abandoned because of the monetary value of the degree.

    Many more examples.

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