Encyclopedia of Child Behavior and Development

2011 Edition
| Editors: Sam Goldstein, Jack A. Naglieri

Inductive Parenting

  • Robert Sean Bannon
Reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-0-387-79061-9_1479



A supportive style of parenting that involves the use of reason during the establishment and enforcement of child behavior limits.


Popularly considered the most balanced parenting style, inductive parenting involves the utilization of clear limits, rules and consequences with a certain level of flexibility in order to maintain responsiveness to a child’s fluctuating emotional status. Inductive parenting encourages autonomy and open communication in the child, while maintaining a high level of parental demand regarding conduct and behavior. Child security is provided through adherence to consistent routines and schedules while the value of a child’s input encourages independence. The decision-making process is a collaborative effort between parents and children that involves negotiation and understanding, although the final decision remains with the parent.

According to...

This is a preview of subscription content, log in to check access.


  1. 1.
    Baumrind, D. (1966). Effects of authoritative parental control on child behavior. Child Development, 37(4), 887–907.Google Scholar
  2. 2.
    Baumrind, D. (1967). Child care practices anteceding three patterns of preschool behavior. Genetic Psychology Monographs, 75(1), 43–88.PubMedGoogle Scholar
  3. 3.
    Bradley, N. (2006). Authoritative parenting: An overview. Retrieved December 12, 2008, from http://parenting.families.com/blog/authoritative-parenting-an-overview
  4. 4.
    Eysenck, M. W. (2004). Psychology: An international perspective. New York: Psychology Press Inc.Google Scholar

Copyright information

© Springer Science+Business Media, LLC 2011

Authors and Affiliations

  • Robert Sean Bannon
    • 1
  1. 1.Psychology and Special EducationEmporia State UniversityEmporiaUSA