Authoritarian parenting is a style characterized by it’s high use of control over children, whether by simply restricting their behaviours, or by using more invasive psychological means –such as making children feel guilty– as a form of punishment.
Authoritarian parenting often creates a successful learning environment through its frequent and consistent use of punishment when children misbehave. Behavioural learning is rapid in these children and they follow orders well. Because of the high use of control, children raised with this style are prone to conforming and depend on their parents. Children of authoritarian parents constantly look to their parents for cues as to the consequences of their behaviors will be.
Parents have found success by adjusting the levels of punishment they implement depending on the situation, needs, and responding behaviors of the child.