What Is the Benefit of One Supportive Parent?

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

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