Which Parenting Competencies Are Most Helpful in Raising Teens?

82 Pages Posted: 30 Apr 2024

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Robert Epstein

American Institute for Behavioral Research and Technology

Teddy Caligiuri

American Institute for Behavioral Research and Technology (AIBRT)

Alexis Knipp

American Institute for Behavioral Research and Technology (AIBRT)

Date Written: April 26, 2024

Abstract

A new online questionnaire was used to measure 12 competencies that have been shown in empirical studies to be helpful in the parenting of teens. A concurrent study design was used to evaluate the new test with data obtained from a diverse online sample of 1,431 parents in 54 countries (74.4% from the U.S.). Total scores were positively correlated with four desirable self-reported parenting outcomes: relationship quality with offspring, happiness of offspring, success of offspring, and health of offspring, as well as with self-reported parenting ability. Regression analyses showed that the competency we called Love, Support, and Listen to Your Teen was the best predictor of desirable outcomes. We conclude that the parenting of teens can be broken down into trainable competencies, and our study provides some guidance regarding how such training should be conducted.

Keywords: parenting skills, parenting teens, online testing, competency tests, Epstein Teen Parenting Inventory, ETPI

Suggested Citation

Epstein, Robert and Caligiuri, Teddy and Knipp, Alexis, Which Parenting Competencies Are Most Helpful in Raising Teens? (April 26, 2024). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=4808927 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.4808927

Robert Epstein (Contact Author)

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Teddy Caligiuri

American Institute for Behavioral Research and Technology (AIBRT) ( email )

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Alexis Knipp

American Institute for Behavioral Research and Technology (AIBRT) ( email )

United States

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