CONSL 504: Life Span and Family Development
November 14, 2011
Dr. Sammie Williams
Parenting Analysis Paper
There are many ideas about how to nurture children. Some parents implement the ideas their own parents used, others get advice from friends and some read books about parenting. Other parents also take classes offered in the community to determine how to raise their children. There is not a single person with all the right answers. However, psychologists and other social scientists now know what parenting styles are most effective and are more likely to lead to constructive outcomes for children. Ideas about raising children can be categorized into three styles. The three different parenting styles that will be discussed are the authoritarian style, authoritative style, the permissive and the uninvolved parenting. These are different ways of deciding who is responsible for what in a family. Authoritarian parenting styles usually guide to children who are compliant and skillful; however they categorize lower in happiness, social competence and self-esteem. According to research authoritative parenting styles tend to result in children who are happy, accomplished and successful. Permissive parenting often results in children who level low in happiness and self-regulation and these children are more likely to experience problems with authority and lean to perform poorly in school. Uninvolved parenting styles grade lowest across all life areas. These children tend to lack self-control, have low self-esteem and are less knowledgeable than their peers (Grobman, 2008). Some characteristics that uninvolved parents possess are that they are emotionally secluded from their children, they offer little or no supervision to their children, these parents show little affection, love and care towards their children, they have few or no potential or demands for behavior, they don't attend school events...