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The role of parenting style of single parents in young children’s risk-taking

  • Erin E. WoodEmail author
  • Shelia M. Kennison
  • Geena C. Jackson
Article

Abstract

The present study was designed to understand how differences in parenting styles between single mothers and single fathers influenced the factors related to child risk-taking behaviors. The results showed that mothers’ higher level of authoritarian parenting style was related to higher levels of risk-taking for both daughters and sons. In contrast, father’s higher level of permissive parenting style was related to higher levels of risk-taking for sons, but not daughters. Overall, the amount of the authoritarian, permissive, and authoritative parenting style did not differ significantly for mothers and fathers, and risk-taking did not vary significantly for sons and daughters. Sensation-seeking was significantly higher for sons than daughters. Theoretical and practical implications regarding risk-taking development are discussed.

Keywords

Children’s Risk-Taking Single Mothers Single Fathers Sensation Seeking Parenting Styles 

Notes

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Research Compliance Statement

All procedures performed in studies involving human participants were in accordance with the ethical standards of the institutional and/or national research committee and with the 1964 Helsinki declaration and its later amendments or comparable ethical standards.

Informed Consent

Informed consent was obtained from all individual participants included in the study.

Conflict of Interest Statement

The authors have no conflict of interest to report in relation to the research in this report.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of PsychologyOklahoma State UniversityStillwaterUSA

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