Motherly Respect Varies by Race

University of Florida researchers have found clear differences in how girls in mid-childhood treat their moms based on their racial group or ethnicity.

Black and Hispanic girls seem to treat their mothers with more respect than White girls.

Results suggest that strong family connections found in those groups and their approaches to discipline and family roles affect how moms are treated.

UF Psychologist Julia Graber explains what researchers looked for, "we looked at that in terms of listening to their mothers, not interrupting, you know really paying attention as well as following mother's instructions, if she asked them to do something or corrected a behavior, did they respond very quickly?"

But Black and Hispanic mothers reported more intense arguments with their daughters than white mothers when conflicts do arise.


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