Parenting Styles and "Fences" Essay

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Celon Blair
Professor Brown
English 102
April 18, 2012

Parenting Styles and “Fences”

Psychology is the study of the human mind and behavior. In psychology there are for parenting styles. They are Authoritarian, Authoritative, Permissive, and Uninvolved. I believe that the best parenting style is Authoritative. This parenting is more involved. They explain rules and punishment. They are open to conversations and questions. In“Fences” by August Wilson we learn that the type of parenting Troy Maxson exhibited was the Authoritarian style. We also explore the minds and behaviors of Troy and Cory Maxson. Is their relationship a strain on them alone or does it affect everyone around them? How, if at all, is their conflict resolved?
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In an article “Knowing Yourself and Your Child by Rosenthal, she states that the parenting style of authoritarian has two main components. The two components are responsiveness, or how much independence you’re willing to grant, and demandingness, how much strict obedience you require. The conflict there is that either way you lose. There has to be a balance of the amount of independence you grant and the amount of obedience you require. The conflict in “Fences”, was that Troy knew neither. He stopped allowing Cory to play sports, taking away his independence and forcing strict obedience on him. Cory had to get the job Troy wanted him to get, be home when Troy wanted him to be home, and after all the the strict demanding the relationship took a serious turn.
An estimated amount of 1.6 million adolescents run away from home each year in the U.S alone.(Adolescence 266) Their parents maybe drug addicts or alcoholics, but most likely they are overbearing, controlling, authoritarian parents. The conflict is normally blamed upon the huge generation gap between parent and adolescent. The adolescent becomes increasingly, and dangerously distant. Research shows, that the minority of adolescents have a 20 percent -25 percent high conflict and majority is moderate or low conflict (Adolescence 263). How many times do you listen to your parent say “when I was young we weren’t allowed in the

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