Parenting style, self-esteem and student performance in the United Arab Emirates

Negmeldin Alsheikh, Gowri Parameswaran, Hala Elhoweris

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The impact of parenting styles on 5-8th grade students' performance and self-esteem was analyzed within a sample of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) public school children. A sample of 162 children (50% boys, 50% girls) reported on their parents' child-rearing practices. Parenting styles were classified into one of three groups (autonomy granting, demandingness, or responsiveness). The results show that demandingness was found to have a significant impact on GPA scores. Mothers' interactions with children were dependent on both the gender of the child and the age of the child. Factor analysis results suggested that Family Cohesion and Effort were positively related to school performance and Self-autonomy was negatively related to school performance. Self-esteem was not significantly related to any of the variables studied.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-26
Number of pages26
JournalCurrent Issues in Education
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2010


  • Arab students
  • Early adolescence
  • GPA
  • Gender
  • Parenting style
  • Primary school
  • Secondary school
  • Self-esteem
  • Student performance
  • UAE students

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Education


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