Learning parenting

Kolar, Violet
March 1999
Family Matters;Autumn99, Issue 52, p65
Academic Journal
This article studies the influence of family of origin on parenting styles. Although parenting is a process that requires no formal training or educational qualification, future parents may well have some general ideas about children and parenting, ideas that are moulded by multiple influences. While all these influences are important to the development of normative parenting, family of origin represents a particularly important influence. The following analysis is based on data from the Australian Institute of Family Studies' Parenting-21 study which investigated ways in which parents in Australian families are going about the task of bringing up their children. Respondents, who were recruited through items placed in the media, were interviewed in mid-1996. Two points about the sample should be noted. First, the project relied on volunteers, and it was generally mothers who called to take part. This reflects the nature of the recruiting process, and also the fact that parenting remains largely the mother's responsibility.


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