How many “good” parents do you need to foster a child’s cognitive development? Parents were assessed for being highly supportive, somewhat supportive, detached, or negative in their parenting style. A correlation between these parenting styles for both mothers and fathers was made with the cognitive development of the children measured at 24 months and 36 months. The findings showed that:
- Children with two highly supportive parents scored higher in cognitive development than other children in the study.
- Children with one highly supportive parent, regardless of the parent’s gender, scored higher than children with detached or negative parents.
Abstract: Is One Good Parent Good Enough? Patterns of Mother and Father Parenting and Child Cognitive Outcomes at 24 and 36 Months, Parenting: Science and Practice