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August 26, 2013

Essay on Collectivism and Individualism

Collectivism and Individualism
As a matter of, any parenting style be it collectivist or individualistic plays a pivotal role in character building and development of the children. Children who are reared by authoritative parents tend to produce best social and academic results. They keep high self-esteem and are often successful in school having an ability to inspire their peers. However, children who born into authoritarian families, children end up having average social and cognitive competencies and they are more likely to be more conforming to their peers in adolescence.
Children who are brought up by the permissive parents tend to have low cognitive and social competencies. Moreover, they also tend to exhibit lack of self-control and are prone to delinquent behavior as compared to the children who remain under the control of their parents.(Grietens, 2005)
The most terrible results are associated with detached and unconcerned parenting. Such kind of children usually performs very poorly in the school and display aggressive behavior and nonchalant behavior. They are vulnerable to delinquent behavior in adolescence.
With these findings being correlational, the results are not essentially there because of the parenting style. It is possible that easy-going, intelligent children elicit more authoritative parenting than do difficult children. As stated earlier, whereas parents influence their children, the children also impact the parents.
To illustrate this point, working-class parents have been seen to assume an authoritarian approach to parenting. They display less warmth as compared to the middle class parents. Moreover, they are hard to negotiate with, reason with and provide little or no room for their children to gain independence in their lives.
Grietens, Hans(2005) “In the best interests of children and youth: international perspectives” Leuven University Press


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