Intergenerational continuities and discontinuities in parenting styles

Campbell, Jennifer & Gilmore, Linda (2007) Intergenerational continuities and discontinuities in parenting styles. Australian Journal of Psychology, 59(3), pp. 140-150.


In the present research 286 mothers and 274 fathers were surveyed regarding perceptions of their own parenting styles, and recollections of the parenting styles used by their parents. Perceived intergenerational continuities were established for authoritarian and permissive parenting and, while same gender continuities were stronger than cross-gender continuities, significant independent cross-gender similarities were found between both fathers and daughters, and mothers and sons. Perceptions of intergenerational similarities were stronger between fathers and sons than mothers and daughters, emphasising fathers' important parenting role with their sons. Intergenerational discontinuities were found for authoritative parenting, with results suggesting that the meaning and interpretation of authoritative parenting may vary between parents and children. Current parents also perceived themselves to be less authoritarian and more authoritative and permissive than their own parents, indicating that intergenerational transmission of parenting characteristics may be moderated by a socio-cultural shift from more authoritarian to more democratic child rearing practices.

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ID Code: 13165
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
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Keywords: Generational Differences, Parenting Styles
ISSN: 1742-9536
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > PSYCHOLOGY AND COGNITIVE SCIENCES (170000) > PSYCHOLOGY (170100) > Developmental Psychology and Ageing (170102)
Divisions: Past > Research Centres > Office of Education Research
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Education
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2007 Taylor & Francis
Copyright Statement: First published in Australian Journal of Psychology 59(3):pp. 140-150.
Deposited On: 26 Mar 2008 00:00
Last Modified: 22 Jun 2017 02:31

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