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Authoritative Parenting: Synthesizing Nurturance and Discipline for Optimal Child Development 1st Edition

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About the Author

Robert E. Larzelere, PhD, is a professor of human development and family science at Oklahoma State University. He has done research on parental discipline of young children for over 30 years and has collaborated with others to improve the methods used to support social scientific conclusions more generally. His research focuses particularly on comparing the emphasis on consistent consequences in some scientific perspectives on parenting with the emphasis on gentle verbal correction predominant in other scientific perspectives. He
recently collaborated with Diana Baumrind to clarify the long-term effects of authoritative parenting and the specific types of power assertion that differentiate it from authoritarian parenting. He benefited from postdoctoral research training from Drs. Murray Straus and Gerald Patterson.


Amanda Sheffield Morris, PhD, is a professor of human development and family science at Oklahoma State University. She is a developmental scientist with research interests in parenting, emotion regulation, and developmental psychopathology. Her research focuses on the role of emotion regulation in child and adolescent adjustment and the ways in which children learn successful regulation skills. She was mentored by Drs. Laurence Steinberg and Nancy Eisenberg in her doctoral and postdoctoral work at Temple University and Arizona State University.


Amanda W. Harrist, PhD, is an associate professor of human development and family science at Oklahoma State University. Her research centers on the development of children s social competence, specifically the early social antecedents of children s competence and maladjustment exhibited in preschool and the early years of school, and the role that social cognition plays as a mediator. To this end, she has explored the relation of children s behavior
in the peer group to early family interactions (parent child and marriage), observed both naturalistically and in the laboratory. She also is interested in interventions for children at risk in early social settings and has pursued this through several funded projects, most recently in the Families & Schools for Health Project, a longitudinal study of the family and rural school contexts of child obesity. She worked with Drs. Gregory Pettit, Kenneth Dodge, and John Bates while at the University of Tennessee.

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 280 pages
  • Publisher: American Psychological Association (APA); 1 edition (November 12, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1433812401
  • ISBN-13: 978-1433812408
  • Product Dimensions: 10.2 x 7.1 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,159,403 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Notwithstanding that the book is a testimonial to Diana Braumrind, who has been a prolific and honored researcher of parenting styles, it provides a solid examination of this topic. It is an "edited" book, comprised of chapters contributed by different authors. Some chapters are absolutely brilliant, replete with great examples and easy to read prose. Some are not. Nonetheless, this is a must read for anyone who wants to read one of the most thorough comparisons of parenting styles and the impact of these styles on children. Collectively, the book also contains one of the best bibliographies on this topic.
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This is not your "how to be an authoritative parent" like i thought it was. This book is mostly evaluations and summaries of Baumrind's research. Moreover, it is impossible to read for more than a few seconds at a time. It's like reading the dictionary from start to finish. I even tried reading this to help put me to sleep but i had to put it down and find something else! It's one long boring research paper about someone else's long boring research paper.
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Happen to know the author of this book and it is a great read.
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A scholarly compilation of research and essays expounding on the time-honored, authoritative parenting style. For the psychologist and social scientist, this book is a priceless compendium on child development.
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This book is an excellent reference work exploring the research on the interplay between the role of demandingness (control) and responsiveness (nurturance) in parenting. Baumrind’s seminal research showing that optimal parenting draws on these two dimensions continues to be a driving force in the study of parenting. Her perspective provides the foundation for this book. The contributors represent different perspectives in how to put the parenting research together.

In chapter 1, Baumrind provides a history of the philosophical and theoretical strands that have contributed to her model. She highlights the important distinction between confrontive vs. coercive control of children’s behavior showing how they differentiate authoritative parenting from authoritarian and permissive parenting. She closes her chapter describing her longitudinal study that looked at parental styles and ideological variables and how they related to the competency of adolescents.

The remaining chapters review the most relevant studies on authoritative parenting along with chapters exploring some of the ongoing unresolved issues in the field. One of the challenging issues for investigators in this field is how to determine whether the benefits associated with authoritative parenting in longitudinal studies are the result of parent or child variables. I was pleased to see that this is one of the issues Larzelere, Cox and Mandara explore in Chapter 4. Given the correlational nature of these studies, there needs to be a way of determining the direction of the effects. The authors show how corrective disciplinary measures (including nonphysical punishment such as time out) are often associated with behavior problems in children.
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