Parenting style and youth outcomes in the UK

Tak Wing Chan, Anita Koo

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We apply latent class analysis to data on parent-teenager interaction that was collected in the Youth Panel of the British Household Panel Survey. The three parenting styles that we identify - authoritative, authoritarian, and permissive - correspond quite closely to those proposed by child development psychologists. Multivariate analysis shows that parenting style in contemporary UK is structured primarily by family structure and not by social class. There are consistent and strong associations between parenting style and a wide range of youth outcomes, including subjective well-being and self-esteem, health and risky behaviour, and school results and enrolment.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)385-399
Number of pages15
JournalEuropean Sociological Review
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2011

Scopus Subject Areas

  • Sociology and Political Science


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