Though extensive research has been done investigating parenting styles and the influence that those styles have on children (e.g., Baumrid, 1971; Buri, 1991; Lamborn, Mounts, Steinberg, & Dornbusch, 1991), the influence of parents and their parenting styles 011 their adult children's assignment of punishment has not been thoroughly examined. To illustrate this relationship, research was conducted measuring the degree and type of punishment that 84 adult participants would allocate for both civic and household offenses. level of punishment was compared with the perceived parenting styles of the respondents' parents, as measured by Buris (I 991) Parental Authority Questionnaire (PAQ). The adult children of the authoritative fathers issued significantly more severe punishments with both civic (M = 5.5 authoritative; M = 4. 6 non-authoritative) and household offenses ( i\1 = 4.6 authoritative; Iv[ = 2.98 11011- authoritative).

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