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Use information from both passages to describe the type of parent-child relationship that is most likely to produce the best results in about 100 words.

 
Passage A

Diana Baumrind (1991) believes parents interact with their children in one of three basic ways, that is, authoritarian, authoritative, or permissive.

Authoritarian parenting expects the child to follow the parent's directions and to respect work and effort. The authoritarian parent strictly limits and controls the child and does not allow any discussion. For example, when there is a difference in opinion as to how to do something, the authoritarian parent might say, "You do it my way or else. .." Children of authoritarian parents are often anxious about being compared to others, lack initiative and have poor communication skills.

Authoritative parenting encourages children to be independent but still limits and controls their behavior. A lot of verbal give-and-take is allowed and parents are supportive and warm towards the child. An authoritative parent might put his arm around the child in a comforting way and say, "You know you should not have clone that; let's talk about how you can handle the situation better next time." Children whose parents are authoritative tend to be well-adjusted, self-reliant and socially responsible.

Permissive parenting places few demands or controls on the child. Such parents let their children do what they want, and the result is the children never learn to control their own behavior. They always expect to get their own way. When they cannot get what they want, they may either lose their temper or throw tantrums. Such children also do not learn to respect others.

Passage B

Despite the current concern about the relevance of parental models, it still appears that parents are a vital force in helping the adolescent. The events of childhood and specifically, the history of parent-child relationships that adolescents bring with them from childhood affect the way the adolescents react to the new demands of the period. For example, the overprotected child may find the adolescent peer society unwilling to give in to him or her all the time. Perhaps the most important feature of adolescent-parent interaction is how this mutual relationship helps the adolescent to develop a sense of independence or autonomy.

An important aspect of adolescent development is achieving autonomy. Autonomy is the ability to make decisions independently and to go through life without being too dependent on other people. If adolescents are to 'make it' as adults, they cannot be rushing home for reassuring hugs whenever they get upset. Parents want their children to become autonomous, and adolescents want the freedom to become independent.

In the past, many psychologists assumed that for adolescents to achieve autonomy, they need to be separated from their parents -- cutting the cords so to say. Now researchers understand that it is best for their development if adolescents maintain a close relationship with their families, even as they are achieving autonomy and preparing to leave home. The goals are autonomy as well as attachment, or independence as well as interdependence.

In fact, adolescents are most likely to become autonomous and well-adjusted if their parents consistently enforce a reasonable set of rules. They involve their teenagers in decision-making, monitor their comings and goings, and continue to be warm and supportive. It appears that parents who are democratic and give frequent explanations for their rules help in developing independent behavior in their children. Children of autocratic parents normally lack confidence and are more dependent on others. Adolescents who are given the chance to participate in discussions of relevant family issues - including their own activities and behavior - and participate in decision-making, are more likely to think that their parents are fair and reasonable. This is in spite of the fact that parents still remain the ultimate authority. In other words the winning approach is an authoritative style of parenting. An authoritative parenting style gives adolescents opportunities to develop their independence while still having the benefit of their parents' guidance and advice. It is when parents are extremely strict or extremely permissive that teenagers are most likely to be psychologically affected and get into trouble.

The parent-child relationship is truly a partnership. Its quality depends on what both parents and their children do to strengthen their relationship.

 
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The authoritative parent-child relationship produces the best results. These parents are supportive and warm towards their children. They allow more verbal freedom to children than authoritarian parenting. They involve children in decision-making and practice democracy. They impose reasonable limits on their children's behavior, but they explain their rules. This mutual relationship influences the children's development as adolescents. This background helps adolescents build a sense of independence and is key to the way they react to changes in their time. These adolescents are likely to think of their parents as fair and reasonable. They also tend to be well-adjusted, independent and socially responsible. (102 words)
     
give-and-take   willingness to accept suggestions from another person and give up some of your own
     
throw tantrums   a sudden period of uncontrolled childish anger
     
 
 

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