An Assessment Of Authoritative Parenting

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Authoritative and Uninvolved 1 An Assessment on the Authoritative and Uninvolved Styles of Parenting Courtney J. Owens ECE 355 Understanding Behavior & Family Dynamics Instructor: Laura Carlee December 20, 2010 Authoritative and Uninvolved 2 Parenting is a complex activity that includes many specific behaviors that work individually and together to influence child outcomes. Parenting style is often used by parents to control and socialize their children. The adolescent years are critical to the growth and development of a child. The relationships formed between child and parents are based on what parenting style is used in an effort to develop and guide the child. The role of all parents is to influence, teach and control their children. Parental responsiveness and demands of the parent are two elements reflected by parenting styles. The authoritative parent is both demanding and responsive, and sets guidelines that they expect their children to follow. This style operates on a more of a democratic level and allows the child ask questions and voice opinions. An adolescent child benefits from this style of parenting because it allows flexibility and keeps the line of communication open between the parent and the child. The uninvolved style of parenting is described as having very few demands, low responsiveness and little communication. An adolescent with this type of parent receives little or no guidance and nurturing. Authoritative parenting, also known as balanced parenting holds high levels of maturity for the child. Parents monitor and set clear standards for their children’s conduct. They are assertive, but not intrusive and restrictive. Their disciplinary methods are supportive, rather than punitive. They want their children to be assertive as well as socially responsible, and self-regulated as well as cooperative"

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