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ERIC Number: EJ968651
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012-May
Pages: 17
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0018-716X
Differentiating between Confrontive and Coercive Kinds of Parental Power-Assertive Disciplinary Practices
Baumrind, Diana
Human Development, v55 n2 p35-51 May 2012
In this essay, I differentiate between coercive and confrontive kinds of power assertion to elucidate the significantly different effects on children's well-being of authoritarian and authoritative styles of parental authority. Although both parenting styles (in contrast to the permissive style) are equally demanding, forceful, and power-assertive, they differ from each other in the characteristic kind of power they assert on their children to obtain compliance with parents' demands. The kind of power that characterizes authoritarian parents is "coercive" (arbitrary, peremptory, domineering, and concerned with marking status distinctions), whereas the kind of power that characterizes authoritative parents is "confrontive" (reasoned, negotiable, outcome-oriented, and concerning with regulating behaviors). I argue that the effects of power assertion are detrimental only when coercive, so that the common presumption that power-assertive disciplinary practices per se are harmful is unjustified. (Contains 1 table.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Opinion Papers
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Language: English
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