Parenting by Lying

Curr Dir Psychol Sci. 2024 Feb;33(1):51-57. doi: 10.1177/09637214231206095. Epub 2023 Dec 5.


Parenting by lying is a practice in which parents lie to their children to influence their emotions or behavior. Recently, researchers have tried to document the nature of this phenomenon and to understand its causes and consequences. The present research provides an overview of the research in the emerging field, describes some key theoretical and methodological challenges in studying this topic, and proposes a theoretical framework for understanding parenting by lying and for guiding future research to advance our knowledge about this understudied parenting practice.

Keywords: dishonesty; honesty; lying; parental lying; parenting; parenting by lying; parenting lies; socialization.