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Parenting Education
Parenting Education
Heidi E. Stolz Kayla M. Sizemore

Parents play a key role in children’s development. Scholarship on the parent-child relationship almost invariably points to two fundamental components of parenting that are consistently related to child and youth outcomes: (1) a supportive component, including warmth, affection, and involvement, and (2) a controlling component, including provision of structure to the environment, limit setting, monitoring, and supervision (see Barber, Stolz, & Olsen, 2005, for a review). Specifically, Amato and Fowler (2002) suggest that children and adolescents do best when parents support them, spend quality time with them, avoid harsh punishment, and emphasize communication. Although the research literatures typically refer to these dimensions as support and control, the lay parenting ...

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