Permissive Parenting Style Analysis

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Permissive parenting is a style of parenting characterized by very little to no expectations placed on a child, and the parent acts as an equal to the adolescent so that he or she is actually a friend of the parent. In contrast to the other two parenting styles mentioned previously, permissive parents enforce very few, if any, rules and punishments on the children (Cherry, 2016). According to Baumrind (1966), parents who belong to this style allow themselves to be used as mere resources instead of leaders of the children. There is an attempt to using reasoning to talk with a child about certain things, but this is more times than not ignored by the child because there are no set punishments for disobeying (Baumrind, 1966). An example of this …show more content…
In fact, one study pointed out that permissive parenting is the worst parenting style for an adolescent’s success in regards to academics. A study by Lowe & Dotterer (2013) found that an adolescent raised by permissive parents typically do not do well in school, and do significantly worse than kids raised by even authoritarian parents. The study conjectured that children can often easily find more pleasurable activities than study for a test or read a book, so having parents who are not actively setting rules for homework time at home makes it even easier for the child to not be concerned about doing well in school. Yet another study found that adolescents who have permissive parents tend to follow in their parents’ footsteps and not enforce discipline on themselves or establish any semblance of structure in terms of getting work done (Rivers, 2008). The thought is that when a child sees their parents not setting guidelines to follow, the child tends to not do this for themselves, simply because they do not know how to be disciplined as they were never taught to be this way. One further study pointed out that there is a negative correlation between screen-time, or time spent watching TV or playing games, and academic success. This study also pointed out that, because permissive parents do not enforce, or even establish, rules based on how much …show more content…
One study shows that adolescents who have permissive parents tend to stop caring about academics altogether when they start feeling like there are too many rules, or too many challenges, for them to overcome (Steinberg, Blatt-Eisengart, & Cauffman, 2006). The study infers that this is because the adolescents have very limited exposure to being challenged or to having to abide by certain rules and restrictions in place. This lack of care ultimately leads to low grades, and then to dropping out. Research also shows that because adolescents who have permissive parents tend to have their way with the parents, including being able to stay out late at night, these individuals can begin experimenting with problem behaviors such as substance abuse. This experimentation can lead to a multitude of problems, including dropping out, if not handled properly (Blondal & Adalbjarnardottir, 2014). The lack of structure and rules at home tend to allow adolescents free reign of how they want to live, and more often than not, these adolescents choose many things over school. Overall, the majority of research shows that drop-out rate is highest amongst adolescents who have permissive

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