There are Advantages to Being “Less Hostile”

Researchers in Australia looked at the effect of parenting style and the number of hours a parent works on the behavior of children.  Parenting style was broken down into three categories: warm, hostile, and the use of inductive reasoning.  These researchers found:

  • That the “less warm” and the “less hostile” styles do have an effect.  For parents who had no paid employment or worked full time, there were more likely to be behavior problems when the parenting style was less warm.
  • Meanwhile, for parents who had few or long hours of employment their children had fewer behaviors problems when the parenting style was less hostile.
  • This research suggests that a warm parenting style, or, at the very least, a less hostile style, mediates the effect of hours worked on children’s behavior.

Abstract: Parental employment and child behaviors: Do parenting practices underlie these relationships?, International Journal of Behavioral Development, 2013

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