Parenting Style and Personality: Perceptions of Mothers, Fathers, and Adolescents

Gfroerer, Kelly P.; Kern, Roy M.; Curlette, William L.; White, JoAnna; JonynienÄ—, Jolita
March 2011
Journal of Individual Psychology;Spring2011, Vol. 67 Issue 1, p57
Academic Journal
The researchers investigated personality development and parenting styles using Individual Psychology as a theoretical base. Specifically, the researchers examined the extent to which Baumrind's (1996) parenting styles relate to particular personality lifestyle attributes of adolescents and their parents. A second aspect of this study was to identify the extent to which adolescents' psychological birth order relates to perceptions about parenting. The sample consisted of 80 adolescents from a high school in the southeastern United States and their parents. Statistically significant relationships were found relating parenting style to Adlerian personality lifestyle attributes and psychological birth order. This study provides cross-generational information about personality lifestyle attributes and parenting. Understanding specifically how lifestyle personality attributes and psychological birth order relate to parenting is beneficial information for clinicians and parent educators.


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