Maternal and paternal parenting styles in adolescents: Associations with self-esteem, depression and life-satisfaction

Avidan Milevsky, Melissa Schlechter, Sarah Netter, Danielle Keehn

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Abstract

Our study examined variations in adolescent adjustment as a function of maternal and paternal parenting styles. Participants included 272 students in grades 9 and 11 from a public high school in a metropolitan area of the Northeastern US. Participants completed measures of maternal and paternal parenting styles and indices of psychological adjustment. Authoritative mothering was found to relate to higher self-esteem and life-satisfaction and to lower depression. Paternal parenting styles was also related to psychological adjustment, however, although the advantage of authoritative mothering over permissive mothering was evident for all outcomes assessed, for paternal styles the advantage was less defined and only evident for depression. Our study highlights the importance of examining process-oriented agents as part of the broader interest in well-being variations in adolescents.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)39-47
Number of pages9
JournalJournal of Child and Family Studies
Volume16
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Feb 2007
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Adolescence
  • Depression
  • Life-satisfaction
  • Parenting styles
  • Self-esteem

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