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Parenting Styles and Development

Whether children are exposed to an authoritative, authoritarian, or permissive parenting style can have a great impact on how children handle challenges in their lives. Describe how three adults, each brought up under a different parenting style as a child, might cope differently with one of the challenges. Post a 200- to 300-word response.

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1. Authoritarian Parenting Style

Description: One end of the continuum clearly represents the Authoritarian parenting style, parents with clearly defined rules that they expected their children to follow without questioning or even discussion. Known as the really strict parents, authoritarian parents hold high expectations for their children and believe that parents are, and should be, in complete control. According to Diane Baumrind (1996, as cited in Ritter, n.d.), who developed the original parenting style categories, these parents "shape, control and evaluate the behavior and attitudes of the child in accordance with a set of standards of conduct, usually an absolute standard . . . [which] values obedience as a virtue and favors punitive, forceful measures to curb self-will" (p. 890) (Ritter, n.d).

Impact on the adult as a child: Families with Authoritarian or Permissive parenting tend to have children who do less well in school, have lower self-efficacy, less self-control, and lower self-esteem, placing these children more at risk when dealing with life's adversities.

Example: Young adulthood: Social Development

This young adult often lacks self-control and might have addictions to drugs and alcohol that prevents her or him from healthy intimate relationships and/or getting ahead or reaching their potential or finding or keeping a ...

Solution Summary

Whether children are exposed to an authoritative, authoritarian, or permissive parenting style can have a great impact on how children handle challenges in their lives. This solution describes each parenting style and then provides an example of how three adults, each brought up under a different parenting style as a child, might cope differently. References in APA format.

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