Antiautoritäre Erziehung

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Antiautoritäre Erziehung refers to a group of pedagogic concepts that was developed in Germany in the late 1960s and 1970s. In French it is known as éducation antiautoritaire.

In English, no equivalent term exists. The term "antiauthoritarian education" is mainly found in translations from German; it is a direct translation of the term, but badly worded because in English, "antiauthoritarian" refers mainly to anti-authoritarianism in politics. Roughly corresponding terms to antiautoritäre Erziehung are non-coercive education or permissive parenting, but none is a direct equivalent.

A common characteristic of the concepts is the absence or minimization of rules that are given and enforced by the adults. Any punishment is typically avoided because it is seen as a form of tyranny of the adult over the child, breaking their self-development. Spanking or other forms of corporal punishment are totally out of the question. The anti-spanking movement is much older than antiautoritäre Erziehung, and while the 1960s/70s movement can be seen as based on it, it went much further.

Permissive parents try to be "friends" with their child, and do not play a parental role. Researcher Diana Baumrind found that children of permissive parents were immature, lacked impulsive control and were irresponsible.

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