Parenting Styles, Family Environment and Academic Performance

Author: Wardah Ayub

Supervisor: Dr. Afsheen Masood

Degree: MSc

Year: 2011-2013

University: Institute of Applied Psychology, Punjab University, Lahore, Pakistan


The objective of this research is to examine parenting styles, family environment and academic performance of college students. It is hypothesized that there is a significant relationship between parenting styles, home environment and academic performance of college students. The sample consisted of 100 participants N = 100 (girls = 50 and boys = 50). Age range was 17-22 years. The sample was taken from different colleges of Lahore. Following assessment measures were used in this research. Parenting Style Questionnaire by Robinson, Mandleco, Olsen et al., (1995) that measured three different parenting styles like authoritarian, authoritative and permissive style. Family Environment Scale given by Chadha and Bhatia, (1993) measured family relationships, personal growth and system maintenance. Academic performance was taken as the average percentage of marks obtained in the last college examinations. A self constructed demographic questionnaire and informed consent was taken from all participants. Permission from principals of the colleges was taken. Analysis was run by applying Pearson Product-Moment Correlation method. The findings show that there is no significant relationship between parenting style and academic performance, but there is a significant relationship between family environment and academic performance.

Keywords: Parenting styles,Family Environment, Academic Performance.

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