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Degree Type

Dissertation (On-Campus Access Only)

Degree Name

Doctor of Psychology (PsyD)

Committee Chair

Jane Tram


Ethnic identity is a multifaceted construct that is pertinent to clinicians, given that the world is becoming increasingly diverse. There exists much research that focuses on the factors that influence ethnic identity, including parental influence, but few have looked at the impact of parenting styles in particular. The purpose of this dissertation was to examine the effects of authoritarian, authoritative, and permissive parenting styles on ethnic identity development of graduate students enrolled in psychology programs in the United States. The researcher did not find ethnic identity to be significantly correlated with either authoritarian, or authoritative parenting style, which was not consistent with the limited research. Permissive parenting style was also not found to be significantly related; however, this was consistent with previous research. Implications and areas of future research are also discussed.

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