Strict Parenting Can Lead To Poor School Performance

A new study has shown that strict parenting can have a negative impact on school performance. The study was performed by a team of researchers at the University of Pittsburgh. It involved over 1,482 subjects. It can also affect a child’s interactions with peers.


Harsh parenting, such as yelling, hitting or threatening, hurt more than they help. The researchers found that the students whose parents were strict stated their peers were more important than their school work. They spent more time hanging out with friends than studying and doing their homework. They were also more likely to engage in delinquent behavior and early sexual behavior.


Rochelle Henteges was one of the authors of the study. She stated that people who are subjected to harsh parenting often do not have good relationships with their parents. That is why they make seek validation from their peers. They may also engage in unhealthy behavior. Additionally, they may break their own parent’s rules and hang out with their friends instead of going homework and studying. This can have a negative impact on one’s performance in the classroom.


People who perform poorly in the classroom are more likely to drop out of high school or college. This can lead to a poorer quality of life. Holger Ziegler is a professor at Bielefield University, which is located in Germany. He stated that he is not surprised by the findings. Verbal abuse and corporal punishment do not benefit a young person’s development.


Holger did a study in 2013 that showed that 25 percent of students in Germany were regularly hit by their parents. A team of researchers at the University of Pittsburgh stated that graduation rates could be boosted if there were programs that helped students be more engaged in the classroom.


Ming Te-Wang is an associate professor of education. She stated that students who have low academic achievement and are subjected to harsh corporal punishment may be targeted for an intervention.