Personality and parenting style in parents of adolescents

Rose M. E. Huver, Roy Otten*, Hein de Vries, Rutger C. M. E. Engels

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Since parental personality traits are assumed to play a role in parenting behaviors, the current study examined the relation between parental personality and parenting style among 688 Dutch parents of adolescents in the SMILE study. The study assessed Big Five personality traits and derived parenting styles (authoritative, authoritarian, indulgent, and uninvolved) from scores on the underlying dimensions of support and strict control. Regression analyses were used to determine which personality traits were associated with parenting dimensions and styles. As regards dimensions, the two aspects of personality reflecting interpersonal interactions (extraversion and agreeableness) were related to supportiveness. Emotional stability was associated with lower strict control. As regards parenting styles, extraverted, agreeable, and less emotionally stable individuals were most likely to be authoritative parents. Conscientiousness and openness did not relate to general parenting, but might be associated with more content-specific acts of parenting.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)395-402
JournalJournal of Adolescence
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2010


  • Parenting style
  • Parenting dimensions
  • Personality
  • Determinants
  • Big Five
  • Adolescents


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