Date Approved

5-6-1997

Embargo Period

8-30-2016

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

M.A. in School Psychology

Department

Educational Services and Leadership

College

College of Education

First Advisor

Dihoff, Roberta

Subject(s)

Adolescent psychology; Parenting

Disciplines

Educational Psychology

Abstract

The purpose of this study was to view the relationship between parenting styles and the influences upon the level of functioning of adolescents. There were 15 subjects in the study. Several characteristics were examined: level of functioning, family status, educational levels, and parenting styles.

The data was collected by a self-designed survey in order to assess the specific parenting style that an adolescent may have been subjected to and an observational rating scale was utilized to assess the level of functioning of each subject.

It was discovered that 66.6% of the subjects were reared by a care provider who favored the authoritarian parenting style. Furthermore, the majority of subjects were reared by a single parent female. Overall, the research findings suggested that there is a relationship between parenting styles and the level of functioning of adolescents.

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