Developmental Theorist: Biography of Diana Blumberg Baumrind

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Diana Blumberg Baurmrind was born on August 23, 1927. She is the eldest of two daughters born to Hyman and Mollie Baurmind. She was born into a Jewish Community in New York. Baurmrind is a clinical and developmental psychologist that is known for her theory on parenting style. Diana was married as she went off to graduate school in 1948. Diana was the eldest of the family, inherited the role of an eldest son which allowed her to take part in conversations of her interest that were about philosophy, ethics, literature, and politics. Baurmrind earned an AB in philosophy and psychology at Hunter College. While she was in school, Baumrind's professors at Hunter College reinforced her social consciousness and strengthened her philosophical grounding in dialectical materialism (Biography of Diana Blumberg Baumrind). Her teachers were Marxist just just like her. In 1948, Baumrind graduated from the University of California Berkeley campus. She studied developmental, clinical, and social psychology. Baumrind earned her MA in 1951 and Phd in 1955 . (Biography of Diana Blumberg Baumrind) Baumrind decided that she would focus on research after she earned her PhD and divorced; she felt that it would give her more hours to care for her daughters. She conducted a research on parent-child interactions in the home which led her to the theory that there were four parenting styles and the difference in the styles depends on how the child functions socially, emotionally, and cognitively. Baumrind believed that there were four dimensions to the four styles of parenting which included parental control, maturity demand, clarity of communication, and nurturance. Parental Control relates to having rules and regulations when it comes... ... middle of paper ... ...therapy for families and that is when she came up with the four dimensions to help her figure out the four parenting styles. Baumrind spent a lot of time and speculating on these parenting styles. These styles are relevant today. There are many families that are known for their parenting styles which is why adults and children are the way they are today in today’s society. These parenting styles are very important to child development . Works Cited "Biography of Diana Blumberg Baumrind." http://www.apadivisions.org. N.p., n.d. Web. 12 May 2014. http://everydaylife.globalpost.com/baumrind-theory-parenting-styles-6147.html "The 4 Styles of Parenting." About.com Psychology. N.p., n.d. Web. 15 May 2014. .

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