Balancing listening and action is key to supportive parenting

Netta WEINSTEIN, Jonathan HILL, Wilbert LAW

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Parents convey high-quality listening when they pay close attention and show acceptance and comprehension of what their child expresses. These behaviors are fundamental to supporting closeness and autonomy, increasing well-being, and fostering future self-disclosures. Whether and how parental listening is balanced with action may depend on the domain of interaction. When children and parents are exploring each other's perspectives or sharing, and when children are seeking comfort for worries or sadness (attachment), listening dominates. When parents are called to discipline or keep safe, listening helps inform parents’ actions, but may need to be curtailed to ensure effective action. Models of parental listening and action represent a next step in the literature and inform research in self-determination theory and perceived parent responsiveness. Copyright © 2023 Published by Elsevier Ltd.

Original languageEnglish
Article number101651
JournalCurrent Opinion in Psychology
Early online dateJul 2023
Publication statusPublished - Oct 2023


Weinstein, N., Hill, J., & Law, W. (2023). Balancing listening and action is key to supportive parenting. Current Opinion in Psychology, 53, Article 101651.


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