Parenting Style and Life-Skills Development

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Introduction A major question addressed by this study was whether parenting style influences late adolescence life-skills development. Results indicate that the parenting dimensions of responsiveness, demandingness and psychological control influence late adolescence life-skills development both positively and negatively. Discussions Influence of Parental Responsiveness to Late Adolescent Life-Skills Development Parental responsiveness was weakly correlated with identity development (r=.28) and moderately correlated with decision making skills (r=.50). No relationship was found between parental responsiveness and interpersonal skills (r=-0.15) and health maintenance skills (r=-0.08). Responsive parenting cuts across aspects of authoritative parenting and core characteristics of permissive parenting. It entails parental acceptance, warmth, and support without being demanding. Parenting style studies conducted in the West have consistently shown that parental responsiveness facilitates positive developmental outcomes in late adolescence. However findings of the current study go contrary to these findings and more specifically against a study by Slicker et al. (2005) that linked parental responsiveness to adolescents who solve problems and make decisions independently as well as establish satisfying interpersonal relationships and discover their own identities. While disagreeing with studies from the West, the current study's findings seem to agree with Chao (1994),
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