Parenting Styles and Aggression Among Young Adolescents: A Systematic Review of Literature

  • Hamid MasudEmail author
  • Muhammad Shakil AhmadEmail author
  • Ki Woong Cho
  • Zainab Fakhr
Original Paper


There is ample research on aggression amongst children and adolescents that highlights several antecedents of aggression. While researchers have remarked on the relationship between parenting styles and aggression in children, there are few studies that integrate and systemize the available studies on parenting styles and aggression. The present review is an attempt to fill this gap. For this review, relevant studies were first searched, then coded and classified. As a result of thorough review, 34 relevant studies were identified. The review shows that parenting styles have a direct impact on aggression in children. Authoritative parenting styles play a positive role in psychological behavior in children while authoritarian and permissive parenting styles result in aggressive and negative behaviors in children. The current study also suggests that there is room to conduct studies on this topic in developing countries. Future research should be undertaken in developing and under-developed countries and should focus on mixed modes of research and examine the direct influence of parenting styles on aggressive behavior in children in different cultural contexts.


Aggression Child mental health Aggressive behavior Family support Systematic literature review 


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The authors declare that they have no competing interests.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.COMSATS University Islamabad (Virtual Campus)IslamabadPakistan
  2. 2.Universiti Sultan Zainal AbidinKuala TerengganuMalaysia
  3. 3.Department of Management SciencesCOMSATS University IslamabadAttockPakistan
  4. 4.College of Political Science and EconomicsResearch Professor/Postdoctoral Researcher, Korea UniversitySeoulSouth Korea
  5. 5.Guildhall School of Business and LawLondon Metropolitan UniversityLondonUK

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