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Psychology 250
Critical Thinking Paper

Critical Thinking Paper: Parental Guidance and Discipline:
Nearly one million high school teens drank alcohol and got behind the wheel in 2011(CDC Vital signs: Teen Drinking and Driving, 2012.) Teen drivers are 3 times more likely than more experienced drivers to be in a fatal crash. Drinking any alcohol greatly increases this risk for teens. Research has shown that factors that help to keep teens safe include parental involvement, minimum legal drinking age and zero tolerance laws, and graduated driver licensing systems. These proven steps can protect the lives of more young drivers and everyone who shares the road with them. The factor that we will look at is parental involvement. Each parent has different sets of rules and expectations for their children. Some parents may have higher expectations than others which can result in poor choices such as drinking and driving. The example we will use today to show the difference in parenting styles will be a 16 year old girl, who was very intoxicated, hit a tree with her family’s car. The police brought her to the station and now the Father has to come pick her up. But this situation can end in many different ways dependent upon the Father’s type of parenting style. These parenting styles, such as authoritarian, authoritative, permissive, and neglectful, will be looked at and put into the example we just went through. First, an Authoritarian Father would be someone who is highly demanding and directive, but not responsive. He is obedient, status-oriented and expects his orders to be obeyed. This Father provides a well-ordered and structured environment with clearly stated rules. If these rules were not to be followed, a punishment would be given. This style of parenting doesn’t allow room for questioning the rules and does not explain them. The Father has high demands on his children and is not responsive to them. Effects of an authoritarian parenting...
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