Parenting styles and “parenting legitimacy” for teens

A new study from the University of New Hampshire, published in the Journal of Adolescence and reported in ScienceDaily looks at the link between parenting styles and delinquency and disrespectful behaviour in teens.  Not surprisingly, neither authoritarian nor permissive parenting are conductive to good outcomes for children, however it seems to have more to do with whether the parent is seen to be a legitimate source of authority, and thus credible and respectable, or arbitrary and easily ignored.  There’s a message in their for classroom teachers as well.


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