Publication Date


Advisor(s) - Committee Chair

Thomas Gross, Carl Myers, Erin Jant

Degree Program

Department of Psychology

Degree Type

Master of Arts


The purpose of this study was to examine whether there is an association between parenting styles and parental self-efficacy using a United States sample. One hundred twentytwo parents with at least one child between the ages of 5 and 12 years were recruited for the study. Participants were asked to complete a survey with measures for parenting styles and parental self-efficacy as well as demographic information. Results indicated that authoritative parenting style was positively correlated with parental self-efficacy; while authoritarian, permissive, and uninvolved styles were negatively correlated. There is a need to replicate these findings to increase confidence that the results are due to a relationship between constructs and not due to chance or error. If replication of these results can be acquired then the way will be paved for future research examining the direction of the relationship and potentially inform how we approach parenting in the clinical setting to increase the likelihood of positive outcomes for both the parents and their children.


Child Psychology | Developmental Psychology | Psychology | Social and Behavioral Sciences | Social Statistics