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During child-parent interactions, children are often influenced by parent/guardian behavior as demonstrated in attachment theories (Flaherty & Sadler, 2010) and modeling behavior theories (Mazzuchhelli, 2018). The purpose of this study was to examine the relationship between child epistemic uncertainties and parenting type. First, video data from eight child-parent interactions constructing at home engineering kits were analyzed for children’s epistemic uncertainties. Second, parenting styles were analyzed using the Parenting Styles and Dimensions Coding Scheme including authoritarian, authoritative, and permissive along with subsequent subscales codes 1-5 (Sheh, 2013). The hypothesized result is children who have parents on the Authoritative parenting scale and display high on the connection dimension subscale will display the least amount of epistemic uncertainty. The potential significance may inform how to support parents in making changes in their behavior to benefit their child’s certainty level when completing tasks.



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Parenting Styles and Child Epistemic Uncertainty: Exploring the Connection