Parenting styles and children's outcomes mediated by family problem solving Public Deposited

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  • Contemporary parenting strategies tend to involve parent-child interactions in which the parent neither repressively dominates the child nor follows a permissive laissez-faire course but respects the child's dignity as a person. This paper integrates several current theories of parenting and parent education into the construct of "respectful parenting," which is a new construct developed in this study. Family research suggests that such parenting is associated with the well-being of the child, including prosocial behavior, positive academic behavior, and physical, social, and emotional development. This study tests two hypotheses: (a) that respectful parenting facilitates effective family problem-solving practices, and (b) that family problem-solving skills learned in the family facilitate a child's success outside the family in school and with peers. In addressing these hypotheses key variables were measured, using instruments developed both in previous research and as part of this project. The study controlled for relevant background variables, including family income, education of parents, gender of child, and family size. Eighty-two families with two biological-parents, of which Forty-two had male target children and forty female target children, were subjects in this study. Each target child also had at least one sibling. Data was collected through questionnaires and observations of video-recorded family problem-solving sessions. The results strongly confirmed the first hypothesis: respectful parenting positively affected family problem solving. Respectful parenting and family problem solving were positively associated with children's well-being outside the home through behavior with their peers. Evidence for effects on performance at school was marginal. Also important to this study was the finding that family problem solving has mediating effects between respectful parenting and outcome in children's behavior in terms of peer relationships.
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