A Christian Approach to Authority and Discipline in the Family: Theological-Theoretical Issues and Research Findings

Volume
Volume 11
Issue
Winter 1983
Title
A Christian Approach to Authority and Discipline in the Family: Theological-Theoretical Issues and Research Findings
Abstract

Parents are faced with a rather perplexing array of approaches to authority and discipline in the family. These approaches range from permissive perspectives, which emphasize freedom and warmth, to authoritarian perspectives, which emphasize control and compliance. Many parents search for a biblical approach to authority and discipline in the family. This article presents such an approach, both in terms of theological-theoretical perspectives and research addressing these perspectives. A biblical approach emphasizing dominion and service working hand-in-hand yields a more authoritative perspective. Research has demonstrated this perspective as beneficial to the child in the development of instrumental competence, self-esteem, responsibility, and moral maturity.

Authors
N.D.V. Stehouwer and Dr. R.S. Stehouwer
Pages
341 - 348
Price
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