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International Perspectives on Parenting and Child Development

Researchers from the Parenting Across Cultures (PAC) longitudinal study will present their findings on health-compromising and risky behaviors, education, work, intimate partnerships, and the effects of the pandemic on participants from nine countries who are now in their early 20s. The study began in 2008 with 1,417 8-year-old children and their mothers and fathers from China, Colombia, Italy, Jordan, Kenya, the Philippines, Sweden, Thailand, and the United States. The study has advanced our understanding of how parenting from childhood to adolescence changes or remains the same in a variety of sociodemographic, psychological, and cultural contexts, providing a truly global understanding of parenting across cultures. Recently, the eight international sites plus the United States began to study the social, psychological, behavioral, and economic outcomes related to COVID-19 containment and mitigation efforts and moderators of risk and resiliency in the face of diverse social determinants of health.


Global, Social Sciences, Health/Wellness, Conference/Symposium, Research, & Alumni/Reunion