The Impact of Parenting Style on Adolescencents’ Behavioural Problems in Secondary Schools in Mbooni East Dsub County Makueni County-Kenya

Milcah .W. Mutuku, Elizabeth Muema, Patricia Makau, Grace Igoki, Silvia Kainyu


This research project was designed to investigate the impact of parenting styles on adolescents’ behavioral problems in secondary schools in Mbooni East Sub- district, Makueni County, Kenya. It aimed to establish how parenting styles impacts on adolescents’ behavior. The independent variable was parenting style while adolescents’ behavioral problem was the dependent variable. The target population was all public secondary schools in Mbooni east sub-district ‘Makueni County, Kenya. The study randomly selected eight secondary schools out of the forty- two secondary schools in Mbooni East-sub district. Thirty students were sampled from each school to make a total of two hundred and forty students from form one to\form three.  Data was collected and analyzed using SPSS.  According to the study findings 66.7% of the respondents under the authoritarian parenting style, 66.7% of the respondents’ under neglecting parenting style exhibited negative social behavior, while 51% of the respondents under permissive parenting style exhibited negative social behavior and only 39% of the authoritative parenting style exhibited negative social behavior. The major recommendation was that authoritative parenting style is a tool for curbing negative social behaviors among schooling adolescents as opposed to the other parenting style.

Keywords: An Adolescent, Authoritative parenting style, Authoritarian parenting style, permissive, and uninvolved parenting.

DOI: 10.7176/RHSS/9-2-03

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