Correlates of problem solving styles: The impact of parenting styles and sex typing

Julia Neyen, Fordham University


The present research investigated the relationships among parenting styles, sex typing, and problem solving style. One hundred thirty-one young adults aged 18-25 completed the Parent Authority Questionnaire, the Bem Sex Role Inventory, and VIEW: An Assessment of Problem Solving Style. A hierarchical linear regression model tested the primary hypotheses that parenting and sex typing would predict differences in problem solving style. More specifically, it was proposed that authoritative parenting style and an androgynous sex role identity would predict changes in the Orientation to Change Dimension of the VIEW instrument. While this hypothesis was not supported, additional analyses revealed significant relationships among permissive and authoritarian parenting style and problem solving style. Correlations between sex typing and problem solving supported the gender differences found in the general population, in that Masculinity and Femininity paralleled male-female differences. Regression analyses revealed that ratings of Mother Permissiveness were shown to predict a significant proportion of variance in an Explorer problem solving style. Father Authoritativeness predicted an External style of problem solving. Sex typing did not contribute significantly. Results were discussed in terms of the potential development of different problem solving styles.

Subject Area

Developmental psychology|Personality psychology

Recommended Citation

Neyen, Julia, "Correlates of problem solving styles: The impact of parenting styles and sex typing" (2016). ETD Collection for Fordham University. AAI10112507.