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The Parent Effect

How Parenting Style Affects Adolescent Behavior and Personality Development

Joanne E. Carlson

ISBN: 978-0-87101-417-7. 2011. Item #4177. 242 pages.


Paperback $39.99

Adolescence is a difficult developmental period for parents and teenagers alike, a phase that sends many parents searching for information or psychological help. The Parent Effect: How Parenting Style Affects Adolescent Behavior and Personality Development is unique among the many available books on parenting. It identifies parenting styles on the basis of parents' underlying issues, motivations, and behaviors and explores how these child-rearing practices affect the parent–teen relationship, adolescents' behavior, and their long-term personality development.

The Parent Effect strives to respond to an unmet need in the field of parenting, adolescence, and psychological information. This book identifies five parenting styles in a creative and contemporary manner:

  • "My House, My Rules Parents" (Controlling),
  • "Cool Parents" (Permissive),
  • "Your Life Is My Life Parents" (Enmeshed),
  • "Not Now, I'm Busy Parents" (Neglectful), and
  • "Easygoing Parents" (Balanced).

Events and circumstances in adults' lives can significantly affect their parenting ability and the quality of their relationship with their teenager. Parenting styles are usually a combination of three forces: the parents' own upbringing, what they have learned from outside sources, and their own personal needs and characteristics.