Parenting Styles and Children’s Academic Performance

  • Kingsley NyarkoEmail author
Part of the Science Across Cultures: The History of Non-Western Science book series (SACH, volume 7)


This study examines the effect of parenting styles on the academic performance of children. It looks at parenting styles and children’s outcome, ethnic groups and parenting styles, family structure and parenting styles, and parenting styles and academic performance. However, the findings suggest inconsistencies regarding the effects of parenting styles on children’s academic performance. Whereas some studies show a positive and significant effect between authoritative parenting and children’s school achievement, others show that there is no effect of parenting styles on the academic achievement of children. Again, it further indicates that single mothers use the permissive parenting style, which might be the reason for the poor academic performance of their children as compared with those from families with both parents. The study therefore underscores the significance of analyzing parenting styles within one’s cultural milieu. While this chapter focuses on Ghana, it can be generalized to other cultures as well.


Academic Achievement Academic Performance Parenting Style Single Mother Authoritative Parenting 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Psychology DepartmentUniversity of GhanaAccraGhana

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