Parenting styles of single parents in relation to the behavior attitudes and academic performance of college students
Myrna L Pios, Dr. Nelson G Laru-AN
This study aimed to determine the parenting style of single parent in relation to the behavior, attitudes and academic performance of college students at Capiz State University for academic year 2009-2010. This study use the survey and correlational techniques of the descriptive method of research. The statistical tools used were the frequency, mean, and Pearsons’. Level of significance was set at 0.05 alpha. The findings revealed the following: Majority of single parents were females, middle aged (44-56 years old) high school undergraduates, unemployed and have low income (10,000 and below). Authoritative parenting is found to be dominant. Single parent were ready to listen, discuss and support his/her children in different situation. They exhibited the characteristics of the authoritative parenting. While the behavior of the children of single parents in this study in terms of self-esteem is characterize by moderately favorable. The college students were determined to do what they wanted and to work hard to reach their goal in life. Respondents had favorable outlook in life and to themselves. In terms of self-control, the behavior of college students was moderately favorable. They were able to control their behavior because they did not want to hurt the feelings of others. In terms of obedience, the children of single parents were obedient. They did what their parents wanted them to do. In terms of study habits, it was found out that children of single parents are studious and diligent. They consider studying their lesson as one of the best way to pass. However there are times that they consider cheating as another best way to pass in their subjects. This could happen if the respondent is not ready to attend his class during the exam. Further, it indicates that the behavior of students is significantly related to parenting styles of single parents, however, parenting styles is not significantly related to behavior of students. Finally significant relationship existed between parenting styles and attitudes of students.