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Scholars Day: April 7, 2010

Transmission of Parenting Beliefs

This study examined how parenting beliefs are passed down from generation to generation. 169 students and their parents described their beliefs about parenting, including their views on physical discipline and the extent to which they endorse modern (i.e. non-authoritarian) beliefs. The students also reported on their perceptions of their parents' parenting. No gender differences in parenting beliefs were revealed in the analysis. However, regression analyses indicated several trends regarding the associations between perceived parenting behaviors, parents' beliefs, and their offspring's' beliefs. Students who perceived their mothers as more authoritarian endorsed more traditional views toward parenting. Neither mothers' perceived permissiveness or authoritativeness uniquely predicted the parenting beliefs of their children. There was also an association between mothers' modern parenting beliefs and their offspring's modern parenting beliefs.

Presenters: Bryan Blumlein (Undergraduate Student)
Ann Stachowski (Undergraduate Student)
Topic: Psychology
Location: 211 Holmes
Time: 2:45 pm (Session IV)