ECPR General Conference location:Bordeaux date:4-7 September 2013
In this article we want to examine the effect of parenting styles on the political trust among adolescents. Based upon Baumrind’s conceptualization of parenting styles and previous studies we formulate three hypotheses. Using the Parent-Child Socialization Study 2012, we find that adolescents raised in families with an authoritative parenting style have higher levels of political trust, whereas adolescents raised in families with an authoritarian and a permissive parenting style have lower levels of political trust. Second, we find that it is not the actual parenting style of the parent, but the way adolescents perceive the parenting styles that has an effect on their level of political trust. Third we find that the homogeneity of parenting styles between parents does not intensify the levels of political trust among adolescents.