Light Shed on Parenting
A Commonly Asked Question
A Two-Way Street
Research in the Journal of Research in Adolescence shows that not only do parents influence the behavior of their children, but children influence the behavior of their parents.
A study was conducted in which the positive social behavior within the family of authoritative parents and adolescence were recorded. Researchers concluded that the positive behavior of adolescences helped predict positive behavior of parents which was considered continued authoritative parenting.
Berke, L.E. Development through the lifespan (2010) . Boston: Pearson Education, Inc. (pp. 278-280)
Padilla-Walker, L. M., Carlo, G., Christensen, K. J., & Yorgason, J. B. (2012). Bidirectional relations between authoritative parenting and adolescents' prosocial behaviors. Journal of Research on Adolescence, 22(3), 400-408.