HomeLEAPS: Miriam College Faculty Research Journalvol. 22 no. 1 (2003)

Parenting Styles: A Comparison

Ma. Celia Villareal-aguila

Discipline: Family and Relationships



This study aimed to understand Miriam college students through the parenting styles that they experience and through their own perceptions of what parenting styles their parents use. Subjects were some freshman students and their parents who attended a parent-daughter activity. The Michael Popkin Questionnaire on Parenting Style was used.

There was no single distinct parenting style that parents perceived they were using and that students experienced. Demographic variables did not affect the perception of the parents and experience of the students on the different parenting styles. There was also congruence in the belief and action components of the different parenting styles for both sets of respondents.

However, there were differences in how action statements were able predict some parenting styles for both sets of respondents too. These differences occurred in the authoritarian and authoritative parenting styles.

Parents differed among themselves on whom they patterned their parenting styles after. Nevertheless, they were unanimous in pointing out the tendency of Filipino parents to make their children dependent up to adulthood.

Results can help formulate effective student policies, classroom management strategies, and viable mentoring practices.