The kids stand on the front steps, consumed by sadness. They watch their father walk toward the car. Silent tears roll down their cheeks while their dad gets in the car and drives away.
And here--below--is an overview of the four basic parenting styles: What researchers mean when they talk about parenting style, and how different styles seem to affect children. What do researchers mean when they talk about "parenting style"? Parents influence their children through specific practices, like encouraging them to play outdoors, or helping them with their homework.
But parenting is more than a set of specific practices. What about the overall approach that parents take to guiding, controlling, and socializing their kids? The attitudes that parents have about their children, and the resulting emotional climate that creates?
It's this general pattern--this emotional climate--that researchers refer to as "parenting style" Darling and Steinberg And research suggests that parenting styles have important effects on the ways that children develop. So how do psychologists distinguish one parenting style from another?
It started in the s with psychologist Diane Baumrind. She noted that the very idea of parental control--of adults acting as authority figures--had fallen into disrepute.
Maybe that's because people were equating "control" with blind obedience, harsh punishments, and domineering, manipulative behavior Baumrind To avoid perils of authoritarianism, many parents tried the opposite approach. They put very few demands on their children, avoiding any sort of parental control at all.
To Baumrind, these were choices between two extremes. Wasn't there a compromise? A moderate approach that fosters self-discipline, responsibility, and independence? So Baumrind proposed three distinct parenting styles: Authoritarian parenting, which emphasizes blind obedience, stern discipline, and controlling children through punishments--which may include the withdrawal of parental affection Permissive parenting, which is characterized by emotional warmth and a reluctance to enforce rules, and Authoritative parenting, a more balanced approach in which parents expect kids to meet certain behavioral standards, but also encourage their children to think for themselves and to develop a sense of autonomy.
Later, researchers added a fourth style, uninvolved parenting Maccoby and Martin Uninvolved parents are like permissive parents in their failure to enforce standards.
But unlike permissive parents, uninvolved parents are not nurturing and warm. They provided kids with food and shelter, but not much else.
Another way to think about it In addition to adding a new category to Baumrind's original scheme, researchers have re-stated her definitions in terms of two dimensions—"responsiveness" and "demandingness.
Demandingness refers to "the claims parents make on children to become integrated into the family whole, by their maturity demands, supervision, disciplinary efforts and willingness to confront the child who disobeys" Baumrind Both of these qualities are desirable, hence authoritative parenting--which is both responsive and demanding--is considered the optimal style.
Other styles are missing one or both qualities. Authoritarian parenting is demanding but not responsive. Permissive parenting is responsive but not demanding. And uninvolved parenting is neither demanding nor responsive.
Do people really sort neatly into one of these categories? Isn't it possible for a parent to combine more than one style, or fail to fit into this scheme altogether?
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I think the answer is pretty clearly yes. This scheme is very useful, but like any attempt to categorize human behavior, it has its limitations. First, there are the usual cultural caveats.
Baumrind developed her system for understanding parents in the United States. Moreover, her subjects were mostly white and middle class. While researchers have had success applying the categories to other cultural groups, we can't assume they will fit everywhere.
Second, even when the categories fit the culture, there is going to be blurring at the edges.
As noted above, the authoritative parenting style was first conceived as a kind of middle ground between permissiveness and authoritarianism. And when we speak of someone being "responsive," or "demanding," these are relative terms. So the four basic parenting styles represent a continuum.Topics included on this page: • Infants, Toddlers and Preschoolers • Middle Childhood • Adolescence • Adulthood More often than not, symptoms of ADHD will persist into adulthood.
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