Examining the 4 parenting styles as highlighted in the chapter, name one character from today’s pop culture/society that depicts a specific parenting style and describe/cite 4 identifying characteristics as referenced in the text to support your selection.


In today’s pop culture the character’s parenting style that I would like to  describe is Lucius Lyon from the Fox Television show Empire.  His parenting style is authoritarian. Some of the examples, of Lucius parenting styles include his inability to create a positive emotional climate.  One of Lucius’s son’s, Andre  is diagnosed with Bipolar Disorder. Lucius is not positive towards his son especially during times when  Andre is experiencing a manic episode.  Lucius degrade’s Andre’s mental illness because Lucius’ mother suffered from the same disorder. Although Lucius does not provide a positive emotional climate, another characteristic is his control. Lucius is able to control his children due to the amount of money, resources, ability to commit crimes and not get caught, and his children’s desire to one day be the head of his empire.  Lucius is very vocal about his demands and what he will do and his children will or will not do, which is another characteristic of the Authoritarian parent.  Lucius also has a son name Jamal who is homosexual. Lucius is able to control Jamal psychologically due to Lucius constantly putting down Jamal due to his gender identity and preference.  Lucius makes several comments to his son’s such as: ” You will do what I say, because I am your father, or you will reap the consequences.” That statement is another form of power that Lucius has over his children.  When Lucius children go through a crisis, like the authoritarian parent, Lucius is not able to express express any type of empathy or be affectionate towards his children.  Many of the reasons why Lucius behaves in this manner is due to trauma that he experienced as a child.  In a way, one can tell that Lucius would love to be a better parent and a better person, but his past will not allow him to.

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