Growing up in an extremely suburban community, full of middle to upper-class Caucasian families, I get to see, witness and even experience all three of the parenting styles: permissive (lenient), authoritarian (strict), and authoritative (in the middle). My sister and I grew up in a pretty authoritative family. My parents showed lots of support at soccer games, basketball games, golf matches and other events, but they also ran the household in a fairly strict manner. We had set curfews, had to get good grades, had to learn to be polite, have manners and be respectful. We also had to be responsible for all of our things as well as chores around the house. My sister and I were fortunate but not spoiled; we never had the top brands unless we paid for them with our own money. I would say so far my sister and I have matured nicely and have turned out well. I also have friends that live in both an authoritarian family and a permissive family. One of my friends grows up in an extremely permissive family. She could get away with anything she wanted and never get into trouble even when caught. She has all the top brands and hasn't learned responsibility yet. As she grew up she experimented with many things and never had any consequences, therefore she is still intrigued and interested in these behaviors. Not to say she hasn't matured nicely, but going into the real world will be a struggle for people growing up in these types of families. The real world does have consequences and they are harsher than many parent consequences. I also have a friend who grew up in an authoritarian family. She always got good grades but she was socially awkward in many settings because of how sheltered she was from the real world; she never had the chance to learn or experience anything. I feel like people from all three of these types of family styles do grow up fine, they just all have different paths to travel; some are just longer than others.
Source: Lilienfeld, Scott O. "Emotions and Motivation." Psychology: From Inquiry to Understanding. Boston: Pearson/Allyn Bacon, 2009. 436-37. Print.