Original Articles

Parenting Styles Affecting the Social Behaviour of Five-Year Olds

Published in: Journal of Psychology in Africa
Volume 20, issue 1, 2010 , pages: 109–112
DOI: 10.1080/14330237.2010.10820350
Author(s): Natacha LatoufEvergreen Pre-primary,, Munita DunnUniversity of Stellenbosch,


The main aim of the study was to explore the relationship between parenting styles as a correlate of social behaviour among five-year olds. Participants were 30 parents of 25 pre-primary students of a school in Northern Province of South Africa, and the children's teacher. The participants were mostly of the indigenous African ethnic background. The parents completed the Parental Styles Dimensions Questionnaire (PSDQ: Robinson, Mandleco, Olsen & Hart, 2001). The teacher rated the five-year olds' social behaviour using the Behavioural Questionnaire (BQ: Latouf, 2008). These results indicated primarily that an authoritative parenting style was most endorsed by the parents of the five-year olds. Parents self-rating on parenting style were significantly associated with teacher ratings of the student's social behaviour.

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