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Scholars Day 2006, Wednesday, April 12

How the Development of Self-control in Children is Related to Parenting Styles

Many developmental theorists agree that a child’s ability to demonstrate self-control coincides with their caregivers’ behaviors. This study assesses a child’s ability to exercise self-control, as well as evaluate their parents’ behavior in relation to three parenting styles. To assess a child’s ability to exercise self-control, conditions they are willing to wait longer for a more preferred reward, as opposed to those that facilitate choosing a smaller more immediate reward are assessed. At the same time, parents’ behavior is evaluated using a questionnaire that divides them into three parenting styles. The styles include authoritative, authoritarian, and permissive. Previous research shows children who exhibit the most self-control have parents whose behaviors are most consistent with the authoritative style. This study seeks to find further relationships between a child’s ability to exercise self-control and parenting styles.

Presenter: Renae Carapella (Undergraduate Student)
Topic: Psychology
Location: 211 Holmes
Time: 9:20 am (Session I)