A parenting style refers to an approach to child-rearing that constitutes a pattern of parenting behaviors. Researchers have identified several key dimensions of parenting, and these factors interact to form categorical styles of parenting. Among the four main styles that are suggested in the literature, the authoritative parenting style, characterized by an appropriate balance of discipline, structure, warmth, and engagement, is thought to be the ideal approach to caregiving and is generally associated with the best outcomes. A caregiver’s parenting style is an important consideration when working with families of children with and without disabilities. Parenting practices can influence the development of disorders and how children with disorders may improve or worsen in their behavior. Parenting style can also affect how children with a disability ...

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