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Clark Atlanta University(CAU)


School of Social Work

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The purpose of this study was to examine the effects of family of origin experiences and religiosity on parenting styles among low income black parents. Traditional research methods were explored. Non-probability sampling was utilized to collect data from forty respondents who were all parents of children attending a head start program. Self-reports of own parenting styles, family of origin parenting styles, and level of religiosity were used to measure study variables. Results indicated that family of origin experiences effect one's current parenting styles.

Respondents who reported family of origin experiences of authoritarian parenting styles were also found to be authoritarian in their own styles; the same was true for the second category of permissive/authoritative parenting styles. Results for religiosity indicated that one's level of religiosity, either low or high, did not significantly effect one's current parenting style.

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