Influence Of Parenting Style On Self Esteem Of Children In Ugbowo Community

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Influence Of Parenting Style On Self Esteem Of Children In Ugbowo Community


This study primarily aims at assessing and studying the parenting styles and its effect on the selfesteem of adolescents, specifically in Ugbowo community. ‘Parenting styles’ are of four main types which are authoritarian, authoritative, permissive and neglectful parenting style. Three main styles out of these namely authoritarian, authoritative and permissive style of parenting have been kept as the focus of this study to assess their effect on the self-esteem of adolescents since both theoretically and practically it has always been documented and proved that the neglectful approach of parents always negatively impact the children and adolescents’ factors related to their ‘self’, therefore it is not kept in the inclusion criteria for this study.

Chapter One


1.1 Background of the study

The A parenting style is a psychological construct representing standard strategies that parents use in their child rearing. The quality of parenting is more essential than the quantity spent with the child. For instance a parent can spend the entire afternoon with his or her child but the parent may be engaging in a different activity and not demonstrating interest towards the child. Parenting styles are the representation of how parents respond to the demand of their children. Parenting practices are specific behaviours, while parenting styles represent broader patterns of parenting practices. There are many different theories and opinions on the best ways to rear children, as well as differing levels of time and effort that parents are willing to invest. Children go through different stages in life; therefore parents create their own parenting styles from a combination of factors that evolve overtime as children begin to develop their own personalities.

In sociology and psychology, self-esteem reflects a person’s overall subjective emotional evaluation of his or her own worth. It is a judgment of oneself as well as an attitude toward the self. Self-esteem encompasses beliefs for example, “I am competent”, “I am worthy” and emotions such as triumph, despair, pride and shame.

Smith and Mackie (2007) defined it by saying the self concept; it is what we think about the self; self-esteem, is the positive or negative of the self, as in how we feel about it” self-esteem is attractive as a social psychological construct because researchers have conceptualized it as an influential prediction of certain outcomes, such as academic achievement, happiness, satisfaction in marriage and relationship, and criminal behaviour.

Within Western Cultures, self-esteem consistently has been demonstrated to be directly related with parenting styles characterized by low levels of acceptance and high levels of over protection (i.e. affectionless control). Although in traditional collectivist cultures there may be a preference for this parenting style, within a strong collectivist framework. It is not thought to have a negative impact on self-esteem.

Self-esteem, defined as the extent to which an individual believes himself or herself to be capable, significant, successful and worthy (Coopersmith, 1981), consistently has been found to relate with psychological states and behaviours (Cramer, 1989; Dishivn, Patterson & Reid, 1988; Workman & Beer, 1989). The importance of self-esteem as a global indictor of psychological health has encouraged research into the influence of variables such as parenting on self-esteem development.

As noted by the Basic Behavioural Science Task Force of the National Advisory Mental Health Council (1996), the parent-child relationship represents the earliest and most enduring social relationship of the human life span. Accordingly, the quality of the parent-child relationship has been argued to have a significant impact on the competence, resilience and well-being of all individuals. (Basic Behavioural Science Task Force of the National Advisory Mental Health Council, 1996). Two fundamental aspects of parenting have been identified as important for children’s adjustment or maladjustment. The first of these has been identified as warmth, nurturance and acceptance or responsibility. This dimension has been shown to be bipolar. It has defined by parental affection, empathy and closeness on one pole and coldness, indifference and neglect on the other (Baumrind, 1968; Coopersmith, 1967). The second dimension has been defined by the amount and control, structure and involvement that caregivers display toward their children. This dimension has been differentiated in terms of effective, emphatic and developmentally appropriate management versus manipulative or punitivecare giving (Maccoby& Martin, 1983).Parenting continues to exist as the most demanding and taxing yet satisfying, pleasing and valuable experience which proves to be rewarding in its own perplexing ways. ‘Parenting style’ is a term that emphasizes on the parental actions and reactions towards their child which involves beliefs they carry, expectations they have and show values and beliefs on how actually parents help, support, take care of the child and how they punish the child.

There are four main styles of parenting given by child development professionals globally: Authoritative, authoritarian, permissive and neglectful parenting. Self-Esteem is one’s sense of self and self-evaluation. Baumrind has documented specific association and relationship that exists between styles of parenting and self-esteem. (Williams, Family educator and counselor) in her article mentions thatfor a healthy family life it is very much important for the parents to develop and practice consistent intra as well as inter-parenting. In Ugbowo, Fathers’ generally are more physically distant as compared to mothers and father-child relationship generally is marked by obedience and compliance while most of the time of mothers is spent taking care of their children (Ranganath and Ranganath,1997). Overall, Much of research work is required in the area of parenting in South Asian families especially in India since researches based on predominant parenting styles practiced and their effect of self-esteem of children and adolescents in Ugbowa are scarce.

1.2 Statement of the Problem

It has been discovered overtime that self-esteem has been consistently related with parenting styles characterized by relatively low levels of acceptance. This study will investigate the various known parenting styles and how it affects children and adolescents both positively and negatively.

1.3 Objective of the Study

The following are the purposes of this study;

  1. To identify various parenting styles adopted in Ugbowo Community.
  2. To investigate how these parenting styles affected self-esteem.
  3. The study will also find out how parenting styles and self-esteem influences.
  4. To find out the awareness of Ugbowo Community on parenting style.

1.4 Research Hypotheses

  1. H0: there is no significant relationship between parenting style and children self-esteem
    H1: there is a significant relationship between parenting style and children self-esteem
  2. H02: parenting style does not influence children self-esteem in Ugbowo
    H2: parenting style does influence children self-esteem in Ugbowo

1.5 Research Questions

  1. What is the level of awareness of Ugbowo Community on parenting style?
  2. What is the various adopted parenting style?
  3. Does parenting style affect self-esteem?
  4. Does parenting style affect academic performance?

1.6 Scope of the Study

This research is limited to the influence of parenting style on self-esteem amongst adolescents in Ugbowo Community, Egor Local Government Area of Edo State. It has a population of 38, 462 people.

1.7 Significance of the Study

The following are the importance of this study;

  1. It will help to examine the relationship between parenting style and self-esteem in the development of the family and community.
  2. The study will also highlight how adolescent cope with mechanism of adjustment and modification.
  3. The study also helps us to know the role of psychologists/sociologist in the development of a child/adolescent and the family as a whole.
  4. The study will add to existing knowledge as the subject matter.

1.8 Limitation of the Study

The following were constraints encountered with regards to the study:

  1. Getting materials from the internet and other sources proved difficult.
  2. Unwillingness on the part of respondents to provide necessary information.

1.9 Operational Definition of Terms

i. Influence:

The power to affect, control or manipulate something or someone; the ability to change the development of fluctuating things such as conduct, thoughts or decisions.

ii. Parenting:

Is the process of promoting and support the physical, emotional, social, financial and intellectual development of a child from infancy to adulthood. Parenting refers to the aspects of raising a child aside from the biological relationship.

iii. Style:

A manner of doing things, especially in a fashionable one.

iv. Self-Esteem:

Is defined as the extent to which an individual believes himself or herself to be capable, significant, successful and worthy (Coopersmith, 1981).

v. Psychology:

Is defined as the study of the human mind. It could also be the mental, emotional and behavioural characteristics pertaining to a specified person, group or activity.

vi. Social:

It refers to a characteristic of living organism as applied to populations of humans and other animals.

vii. Attitude:

In psychology, an attitude is an expression of favour or disfavour toward a person, place, thing or event (the attitude object). An attitude is an evaluation of an attitude object, ranging from extremely negative to extremely positive.

viii. Beliefs:

Is the mental acceptance of a claim as truth regardless of supporting or contrary empirical evidence.

1.10 Organization of the Study

This research work is organized in five chapters, for easy understanding, as follows
Chapter one is concern with the introduction, which consist of the (overview, of the study), historical background, statement of problem, objectives of the study, research hypotheses, significance of the study, scope and limitation of the study, definition of terms and historical background of the study. Chapter two highlights the theoretical framework on which the study is based, thus the review of related literature. Chapter three deals on the research design and methodology adopted in the study. Chapter four concentrate on the data collection and analysis and presentation of finding. Chapter five gives summary, conclusion, and recommendations made of the study

Chapter Five

Summary, Conclusion and Recommendation

5.1 Introduction

It is important to ascertain that the objective of this study was to ascertain the influence of parenting style on children in Ugbowo community.

In the preceding chapter, the relevant data collected for this study were presented, critically analyzed and appropriate interpretation given. In this chapter, certain recommendations made which in the opinion of the researcher will be of benefits in addressing the influence of parenting style on the self-esteem of children in Ugbowo community.

5.2 Summary

Parents have some responsibilities which they can never escape from in as much as they bring children into this world. They are responsible for meeting the physical, social, emotional, psychological and spiritual needs of their children. Through proper socialization, they are expected to nurture the children and groom them, ready for launching them into the society. Unfortunately, some of these parents fail in these responsibilities and rather encourage some antisocial behaviours in their children. They openly exhibit those maladaptive behaviours for children to emulate and do not monitor what their children do. There is therefore the need to arrest this prevailing conditions if the country is to forge ahead in its sustainable development programmes. As future leaders it is imperative to ‘catch’ the youths when they are young. When children are well-adjusted and disciplined, the nation, the citizenry and the world at large will experience peace.

5.3 Conclusion

The present study was done with the aim of studying the parenting styles and its effect on the self-esteem of adolescents, specifically of in Edo state. The main objective of doing this study is in the fact that though there exists a good amount of work done in this area but majority of the work is undertaken for adolescents in western cultures. The study suggests that there does not exist any significant difference between the permissive parenting style and authoritative parenting style of both fathers and mothers in terms of their effect upon the selfesteem of adolescents, and that in most cases these two styles of parenting results in higher levels of self-esteem as compared to authoritarian style of fathers’ as well as mothers’ parenting. Infect a significant negative correlation exists between fathers’ and mothers’ authoritarian parental approach and the self-esteem of their adolescents. Also, it was observed from the results that there is no significant difference between the effect of inter-parental consistency and inter-parental inconsistency on the sense of self-worth among the adolescents and no specific effect on selfesteem led by the gender of the adolescents. Overall, with the help of this study it can be suggested that keeping in mind the consistency as well as discrepancies of the results of this study with the findings for the effect of inter-parental consistency and inter-parental inconsistency on adolescents in some of the different researches already done in this area, what seems as the only option is a ‘mid-way’ which reminds of a ‘good cop and bad cop formula’, that may prove to be more efficient from time to time in parenting.

5.4 Recommendations

Haven completed the study, the researcher recommends that more study should be carried out in this area would benefit from larger numbers of participants to enable the researcher to examine the parenting style influences on girls and boys. It could also be beneficial for parents to be given a questionnaire that attempts to look into their perspective of the style of parenting they use, to compare with the child’s results. Looking at the mother’s and father’s parenting style separately and together could alsobe useful, as other researchers have found differences in boys and girls depending on how they are treated by their parent.

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