ERIC Number: ED464746
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2002-Apr-14
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Parenting Style as a Context for the Development of Adolescents' Thinking about Rights.
Day, David M.; Peterson-Badali, Michele; Shea, Barb
This study examined the role of parenting style on adolescents' attitudes toward nurturance and self-determination rights. Subjects were 121 adolescents (48 males and 72 females, 1 not identified), ranging in age from 11 to 16 years, and their parents. Subjects completed measures for parenting style, attitudes toward nurturance and self-determination rights issues, and attitudes toward political issues. The adolescents completed the parenting style questionnaire twice, once for each parent, and the rights questionnaire was completed as it applies to a 12-year-old child. Responses indicated that adolescents' attitudes toward self-determination issues, but not nurturance issues, were related to the level of perceived responsiveness of their mother; a low level of responsiveness was associated with greater endorsement of these rights issues. In other words, controlling for age and sex, adolescents who perceived their mothers as authoritative had, on average, lower scores on the self-determination scale of the Children's Rights Attitudes Questionnaire (CRAQ) than adolescents who perceived their mother as either uninvolved or authoritarian. This finding was contrary to expectation, but provides evidence that young people's attitudes toward self-determination rights are shaped by experiences at home, though in response to a parent whom they perceived to be not encouraging of their psychological development and responsive to their needs. It is suggested that a strong commitment to self-determination rights by adolescents may be a negative outcome, reflecting an unqualified sense of entitlement and lack of awareness of one's rights bounded by the rights of others. The effect of responsiveness in parenting may serve to temper these beliefs and moderate the strong endorsement of self-determination rights issues. (Contains 10 references.) (HTH)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Sponsor: Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada, Ottawa (Ontario).
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