Dr. Gabriella Stein, assistant professor in the Department of Psychology, was interviewed by the News & Record regarding how different families approach parenting.

“People parent differently in different circumstances,” she said. “Part of what happens with families from a lower socioeconomic status is that what seems dangerous, what seems inappropriate, will be different.”

Stein continued by elaborating on what is deemed “appropriate” due to the area where one lives.

“For kids who already live in high-risk neighborhoods, the bar is set much higher for what is dangerous,” she said. “Hanging out in the park at night — that can seem safe if you live in a dangerous neighborhood.”

As well, she talks about the idea that how the parents were raised can be a determining factor in how they parent their own children.

“A lot of these parents moved out of the house, got jobs, became self-supporting or even became parents when they were in their late teens,” Stein said. “So the way they look at it, why shouldn’t their teenagers take on more responsibility?”

As the interview paraphrased, she also said that the parents’ relationships with their children also is key — whether they consider themselves primarily authority figures or have more open conversations with their children about such things as drugs, violence and who their friends are.