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Parenting Style

This entry describes the concept of parenting style and its relation to other characteristics of the parent-child relationship and adolescent adjustment. Parenting style is defined as the emotional climate that surrounds the parent-child relationship and has been distinguished from parenting practices, which are parental behaviors that are oriented to specific socialization goals. The concept was first developed by Diana Baumrind in the early1960s and has evolved as a central concept to understand the quality of the relationship between parents and their children.

Parenting Style as an Emotional Quality of the Relationship

Unlike particular behaviors that are oriented to accomplish specific socialization goals—parenting practices—parenting styles are considered part of the emotional climate or context that surrounds the parent-child relationship. As such, they involve attitudes that convey a specific ...

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