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Year : 2021  |  Volume : 10  |  Issue : 8  |  Page : 2947-2951

Parenting style in a rapidly developing country: A report from the state of Qatar

1 Department of Pediatrics, Section of Academic General Pediatrics, Sidra Medicine; Department of Clinical Pediatrics, Weill- Cornell Medicine; Department of Pediatrics, Hamad Medical Corporation, Doha, Qatar
2 Department of Pediatrics, Hamad Medical Corporation; Department of Medical Education, Pediatric Residency Program, Hamad Medical Corporation, Doha, Qatar
3 Department of Pediatrics, Hamad Medical Corporation, Doha, Qatar
4 Department of Medical Education, Pediatric Residency Program, Hamad Medical Corporation, Doha, Qatar

Correspondence Address:
Dr. Faisal K Hadid
Department of Pediatrics, Hamad Medical Corporation, Doha - 3050
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/jfmpc.jfmpc_1462_20

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Objective: To investigate the different styles of parenting in the State of Qatar, a country that is considered a cosmopolitan hub with rapid development. Materials and Methods: A cross-sectional study was conducted at Sidra Medicine, the only tertiary pediatric hospital in Qatar. Parents of children 3–14 years old were offered a questionnaire. Results: A total of 114 questionnaires were completed (response rate = 95%). Approximately 65% of parents were between 30 and 39 years of age. Almost 90% of parents state that they are confident of their parenting ability. More than 90% of the participating parents stated that they are responsive to their child's feeling and needs, give comfort and understanding when their child is upset, praise their child when well-behaved, give reasons why rules should be followed, help children understand the impact of their behavior, explain consequences of bad behavior, take into account their child's desire before asking him/her to do something, encourage their child to freely express him/herself when disagreeing with his/her parents, and show respect to their child's opinion. However, 60% of parents sometimes scold, yell, and criticize their child when he/she misbehaves but less than 50% of them use threats as a consequence with little or no justification. Furthermore, two-thirds of parents give consequences by putting their child off somewhere with little or no explanation. Moreover, one in four participants gives in to their child when he/she causes a commotion about something, threatens their child with consequences more often than actually giving them, and states consequences to their child and do not actually do them. Conclusion: Residents in Qatar have a mixed type of parental style (authoritative, authoritarian, and permissive). This study will guide us to raise the awareness about the types of parenting style in Qatar, in order to provide professional parenting counseling taking into consideration the cultural background.

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