Authoritative parenting, also sometimes called “democratic” parenting, refers to a style of parenting for children and adolescents that involves high expectations couples with support and warmth. The term authoritative parenting was coined by Diana Baumrind approximately thirty years ago following research on parenting and children. Baumrind did research in order to identify the most effective parenting style. Three distinctly different styles of parenting emerged: authoritative, authoritarian, and permissive. A fourth parenting style prototype, neglectful, has also been developed since Baumrind’s original study. As a concept, authoritative parenting has been further researched in the last three decades and been found to be the most effective style of parenting, offering a balance between behavioral control and the development of autonomy. An authoritative parenting style is correlated with ...

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