Parenting style and childhood temperament might play a role in shaping one’s political mindset, new research suggests. Specifically, kids who have fearful temperaments and are raised by parents who value obedience are more likely to endorse conservative ideologies as young adults, the study found.
A team led by psychology researcher R. Chris Fraley of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign examined data from 708 children who originally participated in a National Institute on Child Health and Human Development study.
Based on the parents’ answers to questionnaires when the kids were one month old, the researchers determined which parents fell into the authoritarian camp (those who, for example, agreed with the statement “Children should always obey their parents”) and which ones were more egalitarian.
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