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Parenting Styles

Parenting styles can be classified as authoritarian, authoritative, permissive, or uninvolved, depending on how family members relate to each other.

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Parenting styles can be classified as authoritarian, authoritative, permissive, or uninvolved, depending on how family members relate to each other. In the authoritarian family or autocratic family, parents usually make all decisions. Authoritarian parents "are obedience- and status-oriented, and expect their orders to be obeyed without explanation" (Baumrind, 1991, p. 62). Rules are made and enforced by the adults without input from the children. Parents demand and expect respect from their offspring. This style of parenting may hinder or slow the child's growth process and moral development (Darling & Steinberg, 1993). The following are the characteristics of children of authoritarian parents:
? Constrained by authority
? Lack of self-respect, autonomy
? Compliant when parent present
? Sullen, quarrelsome
? Inhibited
? Inability to express feelings
? Withdrawn, depressed
? Lack of initiative
The authoritative or democratic family offers its members choices and encourages participation and individual responsibility. The authoritative parents "monitor and impart clear standards for their children's conduct. They are assertive, but not intrusive and restrictive. Their disciplinary ...

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Parenting styles can be classified as authoritarian, authoritative, permissive, or uninvolved, depending on how family members relate to each other.

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