Parents play a pivotal role in acting as social control and attachment models for their adolescents by providingrnemotional connection behavioral constrains and modeling of relationships according to Kincaid 2012. Thernquality of the parent-adolescent relationship has significant impact on the development or prevention ofrnbehavioral problem. When parents provide warmth/support appropriately monitors behavior practice disciplinernand non-coercive ways adolescents are more likely to develop good behavior. Okorodudu 2010 refers tornproblem behavior as those which are socially prohibited. These may be any behavior that falls short of societalrnnorms values beliefs and expectations. According to Azmiri 2012 these include aggression truancyrnirresponsibility immorality alcoholism vandalism lies examination malpractice sleeping in class walking outrnof the teacher and use of drugs occultism and others. These behaviors are often established in early childhoodrnand may continue in and intensify through the adolescent period. Okorodudu 2010 further stressed thatrnadolescence is a period of stress and storm. He observed that the period is characterized by rebelliousness causedrnby non-conducive environment. He found that the foundation of adolescent behavioral problems was rooted inrnthe kind of the home the adolescent was brought up. Collins et al 2010 have noted that there is increasedrnexposure of adolescent to electronic media which has also been reported to have adverse effects on adolescentsrnbehavior. Steinberg 2010 stated that authoritative parenting style provides positive parenting than any otherrnparenting style. Magawi 2004 poor parenting enhances adolescence health problems and increased crime rates.rnAn article in the Daily Nation 2010 January 10th on what teenagers wished from their parents argued thatrnmost adolescents wished their parents spent more time at home teaching them basic skills like washingrncooking etc. Teenagers criticized their parents for turning schools into dumping grounds and leaving thernmonitory role of their children to teachers. This study was therefore set to find out the impact that exists betweenrnparenting styles and behavioral problems among adolescents since many cases of behavioral problems had beenrnreported among students. It was hoped that the study would set light to school administrators and parents inrnMbooni East district Makueni Kenya.
Publication Date: 06.Nov.2023