Cross Cultural Perspectives in Child Rearing

  • This research guide is designed to help the student through the research process by pointing out the reference tools that will be of most use for the study of cross cultural perspectives in child rearing. It will guide the student to some of the most appropriate resources here at Grace Library.

    Finding Books

    To search for books and videos on child rearing practices in other countries in Grace Library go to the library's web page and click on the link for Grace Library's Online Catalog.

    Once the online catalog window has opened, enter in one of the subject headings listed below into the Quick Search box, select subject from the drop down menu and click on the search button. This is only a partial list of the most likely headings. Consult the Library of Congress Subject Headings for others.

    Child rearing, Children, Family, Kinship, Marriage Games, Sex role, Mothers, Fathers, Mother and child, Father and child

    These headings may be topically and/or geographically subdivided, as in the following examples:

    Child rearing – cross cultural studies, Family – Caribbean Area, Women – India – social conditions

    If you do not find much using these more exact headings, it may be necessary to broaden your search. Try using the name of the country or ethnic group you are interested in and look for appropriate subdivisions, some of which are shown in the examples below:

    China – social life and customs, Japan – Social conditions, Inuit – Social life and customs

    Selected Reference Books

    Listed below are reference books that may help you with your research (All books located in the Reference Collection will have the abbreviation Ref. printed on the spine of the book above the call number.):

    Adler, Leonore L. International Handbook on Gender Roles. Westport, Conn.: Greenwood Press, 1993.
    CALL NUMBER: HQ1075 I58 1993 located in the Ready Reference Collection 

    Broude, Gwen J. Growing Up: A Cross-Cultural Encyclopedia. Santa Barbara, CA: ABC-CLIO, 1995.
    CALL NUMBER: HQ767.84 B76 1995 located in the Ready Reference Collection

    Broude, Gwen J. Marriage, Family, and Relationships: A Cross-Cultural Encyclopedia. Santa Barbara, CA: ABC-CLIO, 1994.
    CALL NUMBER: GN480 B76 1994 located in the Ready Reference Collection

    Colón, A. R. & Colón, P.A. A history of children : a socio-cultural survey across millennia. Westport, Conn.: Greenwood Press, 2001.
    CALL NUMBER: HQ767.85 .C65 2001 located in the Reference Collection 

    Ember, Melvin & Ember, Carol R., eds. Countries and Their Cultures. New York: Macmillan Reference USA, 2001.
    CALL NUMBER: GN307 C68 2001 v.1-4 located in the Ready Reference Collection

    Gall, Timothy L., ed. Worldmark Encyclopedia of Cultures and Daily Life. Farmington Hills, MI: Gale, 2009.
    CALL NUMBER: GN333 W67 2009 v.1-5 located in the Ready Reference Collection

    Mindel, Charles H., Robert W. Halberstein, & Roosevelt Wright , Jr. Ethnic Families in America: Patterns and Variations, 5th ed. Boston: Pearson, 2012.
    CALL NUMBER: E184 A1 E78 2012 located in the Ready Reference Collection

    Ponzetti, James J., Jr., ed. International Encyclopedia of Marriage and Family, 2nd ed. New York: Macmillan Reference USA, 2003.
    CALL NUMBER: HQ9 E52 2003 Vols.1-4 located in the Ready Reference Collection


    Global Road Warrior

    This database includes country studies including cultural information, statistics and women's studies information. Search this database by country name and then view information on the different aspects of the country, such as the society and culture. Access to Global Road Warrior.

    Encyclopedia of World Cultures 

    Located on the “pink” PC on the Second Level of Grace Library, this encyclopedia is very useful for finding information about a culture. Search this database by the name of the particular cultural group within a country (“Fulani”) rather than a country name. The articles also give, for each cultural group, information on history and culture, settlements, the economy, kinship, marriage and family, sociopolitical organization, and religion and expressive culture. 

    Academic Search Premier (EBSCOhost) 

    This database contains the full text of many journal articles and can be searched by the name of a country or ethnic group. Access to Academic Search Premier

    OmniFile Full Text Select-H.W. Wilson (EBSCOhost)

    This database contains full text journal articles and can be searched by the name of a country or ethnic group. Access to OmniFile Full Text Select.