This study aims to serve two purposes: (1) to provide insight into Emiratis mother’s influence on their children’s play habits by examining most common cultural-specific practices and (2) to analyse behavioural factors based on Emirati mothers’ responses by looking at the social and functional patterns of behaviour amongst Emirati mothers.
study aims to contribute and increase both the current understanding of the universal aspects of play and the cultural differences and variations which shape children’s play behaviours.
The two dimensions explored for the purpose of this study were play behaviours and maternal values while incorporating an exploration into cultural practices which affect parenting styles.
qualitative and quantitative measures
(1) to provide insight into Emirati mother’s influence on their children’s play habits (quantitatively) and (2) to analyse behavioural factors based on Emirati mothers’ responses (qualitatively).
ideal for assessing and uncovering what people belonging from a particular group think, feel and do
questionnaire was used to collect information on an Emirati mother’s influence on their children’s play habits and to assess the behavioural factors that dominated Emirate children’s play
29 Emirati mothers
educational levels were on average having attained at least a Bachelor’s degree
stay-at-home housewives (8%) or employed (92%)
single child families was 7%, compared to 93% of multi-children households
only 10% of Emirati mothers indicated taking time off after child-rearing to be with children
90% that went back to work after the 45-day maternity leave period.
dependency of Emirati families on the help of extended family and nannies with regards to care and play with their children
60% of Emirati children lived in an extended family household
can play together and engage in pretend play when appropriate
Over 50% of Emirati families indicated living with nannies
Klein, Graesch, and Izquierdo (Citation2009) report that children in families who hire domestic help or nannies tend to be less independent and exert consistency than children without.
Only 24% of Emirati mothers indicated that their preschool children help with basic chores
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