Have authoritarian parenting practices and roles changed in the last 50 years?
2014 (English)In: Journal of Marriage and Family, ISSN 0022-2445, E-ISSN 1741-3737, Vol. 76, no 4, 744-761 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
This study examined changes in authoritarian parenting practices and family roles in Sweden over the last 50 years. Data came from 3 cohorts (1958, 1981, and 2011) of young to middle-age adults living in a suburb of Stockholm who answered questions about how they were raised (N1958 = 385, N1981 = 207, N2011 = 457). The results showed a dramatic decrease in parents' directive control. Also, over time, parents increasingly allowed children to express anger toward them. Parents' roles changed from stereotyped versions of fathers as decision makers and mothers as caregivers to both parents sharing decisions and garnering respect from children. Overall, the results suggest that authoritarian parenting practices have declined dramatically and moved toward more egalitarian family environments. Virtually all these changes in parental practices and parental roles happened between the last 2 cohorts.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2014. Vol. 76, no 4, 744-761 p.
discipline, gender, marital roles, parent-child relationships, parenting, trends
Research subject Psychology
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:oru:diva-38574DOI: 10.1111/jomf.12124ISI: 000339067100004ScopusID: 2-s2.0-84903710268OAI: oai:DiVA.org:oru-38574DiVA: diva2:763103