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Is their a relationship between parenting styles and children's coping tools who may or may not have had a adverse childhood experience.

The Purpose of the research study examines if parenting styles authoritative, authoritarian, and permissive have a direct relationship between the amount of coping skills these parents' school-aged children are utilizing. The study also examines if there is a presence of adverse childhood experiences. My hypothesis is that the authoritative parenting style will present a higher number of coping tools children are using over children whose parents use other parenting styles, whether they have or have not endured an adverse experience. This is an important stage in child development as critical thinking, personalities and relationships begin to form. The Method of this study is quantitative. The participants are mothers of children aged 6-11 who will be asked to complete a total of three questionnaires. The questionnaires will determine parenting styles, the number of coping tools children are using and determine if any adverse childhood experiences have occurred. The results showed the most prevalent parenting style was an authoritarian or authoritarian/permissive combined. The discussion states more research is needed to explore the importance of coping tools by empowering parents through their knowledge or needs around parenting. Search terms: parenting style, school-age children, coping skills, adverse childhood experiences

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