College of Liberal Arts & Social Sciences Theses and Dissertations

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religion, parenting, Latter Day Church of Jesus Christ, Mormons, Baumrind Diana 1927-


The current study examined the impact of religiosity on self-reported frequency of specific parenting behaviors comprised within Baumrind's (1971) typology: authoritative, authoritarian, and permissive. It also explored the relationship between religiosity and an aspect of parenting known as psychological control, characterized by such behaviors as personal attacks, erratic emotional behavior, guilt induction, and love withdrawal. These parenting behaviors were also examined in the context of parental education and gender. Unique to the study was the population of religious individuals surveyed, namely members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, a group of religious individuals growing in number yet largely missing from the parenting literature. Prior research has shown religiosity to be associated positively with prosocial parenting practices, yet other research has found connections between high religiosity and endorsement of punitive parenting (Mahoney, Pargament, Tarakeshwar, & Swank, 2001).