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Rejecting/Neglecting Parents

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Uninvolved parents

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Rejecting/neglecting parents are low on measures of demandingness and responsiveness.

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Baumrind [1] and Maccoby and Martin [2] have differentiated four parenting styles based on how high or low parents are on each of two independent factors: demandingness and responsiveness. Variations in these factors produce four parenting styles: authoritative, authoritarian, permissive/indulgent, and rejecting/neglecting. A basic tenet of this typology is the notion that exactly how parents socialize their children and the amount of behavioral control and responsiveness displayed varies across parents. These are considered normal variations in parenting and these four parenting styles are not intended to represent abusive parenting behaviors.

Demandingness refers to the level of behavioral control, demands placed, or discipline parents display in their attempts to socialize their children. Responsiveness refers to the level of warmth and sensitivity...

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Del Vecchio, T. (2011). Rejecting/Neglecting Parents. In: Goldstein, S., Naglieri, J.A. (eds) Encyclopedia of Child Behavior and Development. Springer, Boston, MA. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-0-387-79061-9_2396

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