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Parenting Matrix Test

This Parenting Matrix Test assesses which parental styles you have, reflecting how you parent your child.

Inspired by the Parenting Styles and Dimensions Questionnaire (PSDQ), this test measures strategies used to socialize children in the intrafamily environment and evaluates parenting styles correlating with authoritative, authoritarian, permissive, and neglectful parental styles.

What is your parenting style? For each of the following statements, indicate how well it describes you below.

Question 1 of 24

I leave it up to my child to demonstrate self-discipline and self-control in various situations.



The IDRlabs Parenting Matrix Test is inspired by the Parenting Styles and Dimensions Questionnaire (PSDQ) developed by Clyde C. Robinson et al. at Brigham Young University, United States of America. IDRlabs is not affiliated with either author, Brigham Young University, or any other institution.

Parenting styles play a crucial role in shaping a child's development, behavior, and overall well-being. Various parenting styles have been identified, each characterized by different levels of control, responsiveness, and expectations. Four commonly recognized parenting styles are neglectful, authoritarian, permissive, and authoritative parenting. This article aims to explain these parenting styles, highlighting their key characteristics and potential effects on children.

Neglectful Parenting: Neglectful parenting is characterized by a lack of both control and responsiveness. Neglectful parents are generally uninvolved and emotionally distant, providing minimal guidance or support to their children. They often prioritize their own needs and interests over their child's well-being. Neglectful parents may neglect the child's physical, emotional, and educational needs. As a result, children raised in neglectful environments may struggle with self-esteem, emotional regulation, and social skills. They may also display developmental delays and engage in risky behaviors due to a lack of parental guidance.

Authoritarian Parenting: Authoritarian parenting is characterized by high levels of control and low responsiveness. Authoritarian parents set strict rules and expect unquestioning obedience from their children. They often use punishment as a means of discipline and place a strong emphasis on conformity. Authoritarian parents may have limited communication and are less likely to consider their child's perspective. While children raised in authoritarian households may exhibit high levels of discipline and obedience, they may also develop low self-esteem, poor decision-making skills, and difficulty expressing their own opinions. They may become either overly submissive or rebellious in response to the strict control imposed on them.

Permissive Parenting: Permissive parenting is characterized by low levels of control and high responsiveness. Permissive parents are lenient and indulgent, allowing their children to have few boundaries or rules. They may prioritize their child's immediate happiness and avoid conflict. Permissive parents are more likely to befriend their children rather than adopt a parental role. As a result, children raised in permissive households may struggle with self-control, have difficulty following rules, and exhibit impulsive behavior. They may also have challenges with academic performance and struggle to understand boundaries and limits.

Authoritative Parenting: Authoritative parenting strikes a balance between control and responsiveness. Authoritative parents set clear expectations and rules while also being responsive to their child's needs and emotions. They provide guidance and support, encourage independence, and foster open communication. Authoritative parents are firm but warm, and they consider their child's perspective. Children raised in authoritative households tend to have higher self-esteem, better social skills, and emotional regulation. They are more likely to develop independence, problem-solving abilities, and a sense of responsibility. Authoritative parenting fosters a healthy parent-child relationship and allows for the development of self-discipline and autonomy.

The IDRlabs Parenting Matrix Test is inspired by the Parenting Styles and Dimensions Questionnaire (PSDQ) authored by Clyde C. Robinson et al. at Brigham Young University. The PSDQ test was developed as an instrument to help categorize parental styles. While the IDRlabs Parenting Matrix Test is based on the PSDQ test, it cannot be used to provide clinical assessments or accurate evaluation of your personality. Clinical assessments should always be done in cooperation with a mental health professional. For more information about any of our online tests and quizzes, please consult our Terms of Service.

Why Use This Test?

1. Free. The Parenting Matrix Test is provided to you free of charge and allows you to obtain your scores related to autism in several different domains.

2. Scholarly oriented. Feedback derived from this test is based on the research of professionals in the field of autism with the intent of delivering a clear picture of the respondent’s characteristics indicating parenting style as measured according to four common patterns of parenting.

3. Acceptable validity and reliability. The Cronbach's alpha coefficients for the different parenting styles were as follows: Authoritative (0.91), Authoritarian (0.87), Permissive (0.93).

4. Statistical controls. Test scores are logged into an anonymized database. Statistical analysis of the test is conducted to ensure maximum accuracy and validity of the test scores.

5. Made by professionals. The present test has been made with the input of people who work professionally with psychology and individual differences research.