Examining Cultural Socialization Within African American and European American Households

Kenneth M. Tyler, Monica L. Dillihunt, A. Wade Boykin, Sean T. Coleman, Darla M. Scott, Christina M.B. Tyler, Eric A. Hurley

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This preliminary study explored the cultural socialization processes of 227 African American and European American parents of elementary schoolchildren. The Cultural Value Socialization Scales (K. M. Tyler, A. W. Boykin, C. M. Boelter, & M. L. Dillihunt, 2005) were used to garner parents' reports of their cultural value socialization activities at home. The scales contained written vignettes depicting persons involved in activity that reflected a specific cultural value. Ethnocultural values examined were communalism, verve, movement, and affect, and mainstream cultural values included individualism, competition, bureaucracy, and materialism. Regression analyses reveal that being an African American parent was predictive of competition and materialism scores. Race was not a significant predictor of the remaining cultural value socialization scores. Limitations to the study are discussed.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)201-204
Number of pages4
JournalCultural Diversity and Ethnic Minority Psychology
Issue number3
StatePublished - Jul 2008


  • African American and European cultural values
  • cultural socialization

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Psychology
  • Sociology and Political Science


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