This is a cross sectional study that investigated perceived parenting styles and its effect on social skills development among 500 young adults in Malaysia. Parenting styles was investigated from two dimensions (responsiveness and demandingness) and was measured with the parenting style Index by Steinberg and Darling (1992), while social skills was measured with the life skills development inventory by Picklesimer and Gazda (1996). The results indicated gender and sub-cultural differences in perceived parenting style. The study also showed that parental responsiveness has a significant effect on the development of social skills and competency. Future studies may further re-examine cross-cultural studies on parenting style.
Sakineh Mofrad, Sunway University, Malaysia
Ikechukwu Uba, Universiti Putra Malaysia, Malaysia
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