Taking a Look at Different Parenting Styles

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The ritual by which social and cultural stability are attained has been directed by the primary influence of parents' child cultivating approaches and behaviors during child development. The fact that not all parents participate in such growth-promoting child-rearing raises a fundamental question that was disregarded until 15 to 20 years ago: “Why do parents parent the way they do” (Belsky, 2005)? When it comes to parenting, the demeanor and strategies, in which parents practice, in order to efficiently integrate their children into society defines parenting style. Studies encompassing parenting styles show that no two styles are considered similar. Jay Belsky, professor of psychology, uses his process model of the determinants of parenting to emphasize, “the social-contextual factors and forces that shape parenting” (Belsky, 2005). According to Belsky, these parental influences include “(a) attributes of children; (b) the developmental history of parents and their own psychological make-up; and (c) the broader social context in which parents and this relationship are embedded“ (Belsky, 2005). Some initial work involving parenting styles in the 1950s included (e.g., Sears, Maccoby, & Levin, 1957) who recognized parenting styles as, “adults who were nurturing and able to exert control were especially influential on children's development of self-regulated and disciplined behavior” (Wentzel & Russell, 2009). German-American psychologist, Kurt Lewin, had slightly different

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