Authoritarian Parenting Style

January 31, 2023

This parenting style is often characterized by harsh, punitive parenting methods. Teens raised with the authoritarian parenting style are twice as likely to participate in heavy drinking.

Characteristics of authoritarian parents:

  • Set strict rules and expectations
  • Do not express much warmth or nurturing
  • Impose punishments with little or no explanation
  • Do not provide adolescents choices or options

Teens with authoritarian parents:

  • Tend to associate obedience and success with love
  • Display more aggressive behavior outside the home
  • May act fearful or overly shy around others
  • Often have lower self-esteem
  • Have difficulty in social situations