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Coercive parents respond to child misbehavior with inconsistent parenting

Parents in dyads at higher risk for coercive processes generally show rigidity in parenting behavior, but their parenting behavior becomes inconsistent when the child misbehaves.  This reactive shift from rigidity to inconsistency explains why both patterns have been found in prior literature, and reflects why coercive parenting is particularly ineffective (Lunkenheimer, Lichtwarck-Aschoff, Hollenstein, Kemp, & Granic, 2016)