Comparison of Parenting Styles

948 Words Jul 7th, 2018 4 Pages
It can be said for most parents that they want their children to grow up to be successful contributing members of society. Being a parent is a difficult, yet rewarding task. But why do some types of parenting result in juvenile delinquency while others find success. There are four generally recognized parenting styles and are categorized: authoritarian, permissive, neglectful, and authoritative. This essay will break down the various styles, its type(s) of discipline and effectiveness.

The authoritarian style of parenting is control focused and militaristic in approach. This parent has high expectations and demands strict obedience. They often rule by fear and punishment. Dr. Gwen Dewar states, “… Little nurturing, lots of
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Mike and Missy were indifferent to the kids’ physical appearance, hygiene, necessities, or grades. There were neglectful in meeting both the physical and emotional needs.
“According to recent statistics from the Child Welfare Protection Services, 80% of child abuse and neglect victims developed at least one psychiatric disorder by the age of 21, including depression, anxiety, eating disorders and post-traumatic stress disorder. Moreover, children who experience abuse and neglect are 59% more likely to be arrested as a juvenile, 28% more likely to be arrested as an adult and 30% more likely to commit violent crimes” (Selvon). “Long-term mental health effects of neglect are inconsistent. … not all adults neglected as children will suffer from these results. Some individuals are more resilient than others…” (Encyclopedia of Mental Disorders).
Authoritarian, Permissive, and Neglectful parenting are obviously not the ideal. Thankfully there is one more style to consider. Authoritative Parenting is considered by researchers as the “best” way to parent. It combines the best of Authoritarian, structure and discipline, and Permissive, unconditional love and acceptance. The method of this parent “…emphasizes setting high standards, being nurturing and responsive …” (Dewar). The results for this type of parenting produces kids who are “…independent, self-reliant, socially accepted, academically
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