Parenting styles can affect the attitudes kids might have to marriage as adults
Are you an indulgent parent or a supportive one? How you raise your child might affect its attitude towards marriage and procreation, finds a study conducted in Japan.sex and relationships Updated: Apr 07, 2017 08:01 IST
A recent study has found that different parenting styles can affect marriage rates and desired number of children.
This research, which was led by Nishimura Kazuo (Kobe University) and YAGI Tadashi (Doshisha University), identifies archetypal parenting methods in Japan and their influence on children’s lives.
Parenting methods were categorised as supportive, strict (tiger), indulgent, uninvolved and abusive. For both men and women, the supportive approach to parenting produced the highest achievements in income, happiness levels and academic achievement for children.
The team also analysed the effects of different parenting styles on respondents’ attitudes towards their mothers and fathers, and how enthusiastic they are about starting families of their own.
They discovered that people who had received a supportive upbringing were most likely to see their own father or mother as the ideal, whereas respondents who had experienced abusive parenting styles were least likely to view their own parents as positive models for themselves or potential partners.
Marriage rates are higher among people whose ideal partner or self is represented by their own father or mother, and this group also wanted more children.
“People with a supportive upbringing are more likely to see their parents as positive role models,” said Nishimura. “Our findings show that this attitude is also linked to higher marriage rates, and a desire for larger numbers of children.”
Types of parenting
Supportive: High or average levels of independence, high levels of trust, high levels of interest shown in child, large amount of time spent together
Strict (tiger parenting): Low levels of independence, medium-to-high levels of trust, strict or fairly strict, medium-to-high levels of interest shown in child, large amount of rules.
Indulgent: High or average levels of trust, not strict at all, time spent together is average or longer than average.
Uninvolved: Low levels of interest shown in child, not strict at all, small amount of time spent together, few rules.
Abusive: Low levels of interest shown in child, low levels of independence, low levels of trust, strict.
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