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Kim Flottemesch


Parenting approaches have a huge influence on communities in this day and age. Everyone falls into a group of individual communication styles and parenting influences where they land. Parenting styles have been studied thoroughly in the past and in multiple contexts. This study aims to determine if there is a correlation between parenting styles and people’s individual communication style. Authoritative, authoritarian, permissive, and uninvolved parenting styles encapsulated the range of styles most parents use. These are the four consistently used throughout the study to measure what outcomes came from which styles. Passive, passive-aggressive, assertive, and aggressive were selected as suitable individual communication styles.

An email containing a survey for undergraduate students attending a Midwestern University was sent to test if permissive parenting style could be proven to lead to individual development of higher self-esteem. In addition, the survey’s purpose was to test if assertive communication style and authoritarian parenting style resulted in individual development of aggressive behavior. The survey contained ten questions formulated to determine if a particular parenting style alluded to an individual communication style. The results revealed a correlation between permissive parents, individuals having a higher self-esteem, and being assertive. One of the main findings was that authoritative parents had the highest correlation to assertive communication. There was no connection established between authoritarian parenting and aggressive communication.



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