‘Tiger Mom’ Parenting’s Effectiveness Debunked by New Study

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The Tiger Mom has lost her claws.

Results of an eight-year study of Asian American parenting showed that the aggressive, controlling parenting style highlighted by Yale professor and mother Amy Chua, in her controversial 2011 memoir, Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother, does not guarantee academic success.

A professor of human development and family sciences at the University of Texas, Su Yeong Kim, followed Asian American parents and their children for a decade, compiling data in order to determine how prevalent and how effective the notoriously rigorous style of parenting truly is.

But the results may be shocking to some. Kim’s findings show that children of “tiger moms” have “lower academic achievement and attainment — and greater psychological maladjustment — and family alienation, than the kids of parents characterized as ‘supportive’ or ‘easygoing’,” Slate magazine reports.