**K. N. TRIPATHI
DEPARTMENT OF PSYCHOLOGY
BARAKATULLAH UNIVERSITY, BHOPAL
Abstract: The present study aims to examine the influence of parenting style on academic achievement of the adolescents. Parents are the main source of influence for their children. They do not only nurture the children physically but their styles of nurturance contribute to the development of the children’s psyche as a whole. Parenting, as the style of child upbringing, refers to the privileges or responsibilities of mother and father (together or independently) to prepare the child for the society or culture. Parenting style refers a combination of attitude towards a child which creates an emotional climate expressed by parent’s behaviour and which also shapes the overall growth of the child (Darling and Steinberg 1993). In the present research paper efforts were made to explore the variations in perceived parenting style and academic achievement of the participants in relation to residential background, grade and gender of the participants. Besides this, the relationship of parenting style with academic achievement of the participants was also examined. To achieve this, data were obtained on 280 male and female students studying in IXth and XIth grade from rural and urban background. Standard tool assessing parenting style was used in this study. School result was taken as a measure of academic achievement. Results indicated that students coming from different residential background perceived their parenting styles differently. Results also manifested that parenting style dimensions were positively related with academic achievement. Results are discussed in the context of perceived parenting styles of the child and other relevant variables.
Keywords: Parenting style and academic achievement.