ASWB Question: Parenting Styles Part 2

By Heidi Tobe on April 25, 2023

Last month’s ASWB exam prep blog for the LMSW and LCSW exams covered the topic of parenting styles. We reviewed the characteristics of the four main parenting styles: authoritarian, authoritative, permissive, and uninvolved. If you haven’t already, be sure to check out last month’s blog for the factual information on this topic. We wrapped up with a reasoning based question, but want to circle back to offer a question testing your factual knowledge. Today’s free ASWB practice question is an application question on parenting styles.

ASWB Exam Parenting Styles Application Question:

A social worker meets with a client who is concerned about their teenage daughter’s grades in school. The client shares, ‘I know she’s staying out way too late on school nights and it's impacting her at school the next day. But I just don’t want to be that super controlling parent like my own mom was. I want her to like me. She's my best friend.’ What parenting style is MOST likely being used by this parent?

A. Uninvolved.

B. Permissive.

C. Authoritative.

D. Authoritarian.

(scroll for answer and rationale)


Mom and Daughter Painting


The correct answer is B. Permissive. As we discussed in last month’s blog, if you see a parent trying to be friends with their child, they very well may have a permissive parenting style.

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