Correspondence Between Maternal and Paternal Parenting

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Early Childhood Research Quarterly 20 (2005) 1–12 Correspondence between maternal and paternal parenting styles in early childhood Adam Winsler ∗ , Amy L. Madigan, Sally A. Aquilino Department of Psychology, George Mason University, Fairfax, VA 22030-4444, USA Abstract The goal of the present study was to investigate perceived similarities and differences in parenting styles between mothers and fathers in the same family. The 56 parents of 28 preschool children independently completed the parenting styles and dimensions questionnaire (PSDQ) [Robinson, C. C., Mandleco, B., Frost Olsen, S., & Hart, C. H. (2001). The parenting styles and dimensions questionnaire (PSDQ). In B. F. Perlmutter, J. Touliatos, & G. W. Holden (Eds.), Handbook of family measurement techniques. Vol. 2: Instruments and index (p. 190). Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage]. Results reveal only modest similarity in parenting styles used by two parents within the same home. Permissive (and to a lesser extent, authoritarian) parenting was somewhat positively associated across parents but no cross-informant association was found for authoritative parenting. Fathers perceive their spouses to be more authoritative, more permissive, and less authoritarian than themselves, whereas mothers only perceive themselves to be more authoritative than fathers. Parents who share similar parenting styles are more accurate at reporting on their spouses’ parenting styles than are parents with differing styles. Correspondence in parenting style across both parents in the home is important as are parental perceptions of similarity and differences in styles. Independent assessment of both mother’s and father’s parenting styles, and each parent’s perception of their spouse’s parenting appears needed in research and practical settings. © 2005 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved. Keywords: Authoritative; Permissive;

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