Honors College Theses

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Psychology (B.A.)

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Thesis (open access)

Faculty Mentor

Joshua Williams


This study sought to observe how parenting styles may be passed down through generations. Data were collected from the parents of children aged 5 years and younger who were recruited from social media in the Lowcountry area in Georgia. These parents completed a short survey, specifically, the Parental Authority Questionnaire (PAQ). Each parent completed the PAQ three times, one for their perception of each of their parents and one for their perception of their own parenting. We measured the results and categorized the parenting styles into Baumrind’s three parenting styles: Authoritarian, Authoritative, and Permissive. Once the results were measured we compared parents' perceptions of their own behaviors to their perceptions of their parents’ parenting behaviors. From these results, we expected to see a generational continuity of parenting styles. However, our study found no correlations between parenting styles between a grown child’s parenting style and their parents.

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