THE INFLUENCE OF PARENTING STYLES ON SOCIAL ADJUSTMENT AMONG SECONDARY SCHOOL STUDENTS. A RESEARCH PROJECT TOPICS ON GUIDANCE AND COUNSELING
The purpose of this study is to investigate the influence of parenting styles on social adjustment among secondary school students in Lagos Metropolis. To achieve this goal, the researcher formulated four hypotheses to guide the study.
There is a significant influence of religious background on the parenting style of couples.
There is a significant influence of ethnicity on parenting style among couples.
There is a significant gender difference in the social adjustment of youth due to parenting styles.
The sample was one hundred and twenty (120) secondary school students consisting of 60 males and 60 females. The research instrument to test the hypothesis was the four point Likert-type scale of questionnaire.
Independent t-test, the Fisher’’s protected t-test, ANOVA test analysis of variance supported by the two ways analysis of variance were adopted to analyse the data collected.
Based on the results of this study, it found out that a very good parenting style would go a long way in shaping their wards social adjustment, parents should avoid the negative parenting styles in other to prevent their children from becoming violent and aggressive in the society. The study also found out that the permissive parenting styles will equally breed spoilt and wayward children. Equally, parents should avoid being too strict with their children but should adopt the authoritative style where the children can contribute to decision making in their homes which is more democratic in nature.
The study of human development is centrally concerned with understanding the processes that lead adults to function adequately within their cultures. These skills include an understanding of and adherence to the moral standards, conventional rules, and customs of the society. They also include maintaining close relationships with others, developing the skills to work productively, and becoming self-reliant and able to function independently. All of these may be important to successfully rear the next generation. Researchers studying human development have assumed that the family is a particularly important context for developing these competencies, and therefore, they have examined how parents socialize their children to understand variations in adult outcomes. They have attempted to find associations between the way parents raise their children and children’s social, emotional and cognitive development.