Permissive Parents Sit At The Opposite End Of The Spectrum Of Authoritarian Parents

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Permissive parents sit at the opposite end of the spectrum to authoritarian parents. Baumrind (1975) explains that permissive parenting reflects the absence of restraint. Permissive parents tend to be indulgent and assert little parental control (Kail & Cavanaugh, 2010).). Furthermore, permissive parenting styles tend to be highly responsive, accepting and allow for an environment in which a child is able to self-regulate free of rules or discipline. Baumrind (1975) indicates that children of permissive parents tend to be passive and socially conforming. In addition, she points out a lack of self-confidences and achievement orientation. The lack of appropriate boundaries and parental control may lead to inefficiencies and poor emotional regulation. (NEED REF).
Interestingly, Fuligni and Eccles (1993) assert that permissive families are at risk to antisocial adolescents who easily conform to peer pressure. If one has to assess the permissive parent and an adolescent who falls within Erikson’s fifth stage of psychosocial development, it could be argued that their parenting style negatively impacts a child. According to Erikson’s theory the fifth stage revolved our identity and the child’s ability to form relationships in their social environment. The permissive parent relies on the child’s own ability to self-regulate and make decisions thereby posing a problem when faced with externally defined standards (Baumrind, 1966).An adolescent who is permitted to behave how they…

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