Parenting Practices and Styles

L. J. Crockett, R. Hayes

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Parenting is a critical issue for parents and their adolescent children. Efforts to characterize parenting generally have taken one of the three approaches, focusing on specific parenting practices, global parenting dimensions, or parenting styles. Despite considerable overlap among these constructs, they differ in important ways, and each offers a distinct framework for conceptualizing parenting. In this article, we review these constructs, discuss how they differ, and summarize the empirical research linking them to adolescent well-being. We also examine areas of controversy regarding these constructs, particularly the idea that key features of parenting, as well as the effects of parenting styles, dimensions, and practices, may vary across cultural groups and ecological settings.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationEncyclopedia of Adolescence
PublisherElsevier Inc.
Number of pages8
ISBN (Print)9780123739513
StatePublished - 2011


  • Authoritarian parenting
  • Authoritative parenting
  • Behavioral control
  • Disengaged parenting
  • Ethnic differences
  • Parental support
  • Parenting
  • Parenting practices
  • Parenting style
  • Permissive parenting
  • Psychological control

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Dentistry
  • General Medicine


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