ERIC Number: ED313632
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1989-Nov
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Dimensions of Adolescent Social Competence and Parental Qualities as Predictors of Parental Satisfaction.
Henry, Carolyn S.; Peterson, Gary W.
Adolescence is often described as a "transition" period between childhood and adulthood. Parents of adolescents are faced with the challenge of encouraging their adolescent offspring to achieve autonomy, while retaining a certain degree of responsibility for their actions. This study examined how differing parental qualities such as attitudes and parenting styles relate to parental satisfaction. Subjects (N=636) were parents whose sons or daughters attended a public high school. Parent satisfaction, adolescent social competence, and parental qualities were measured using self-report scales. The results indicated that parents who reported evidence of social competence in their adolescents were also found to report high levels of parent satisfaction. Parents who reported themselves to be the most supportive of their adolescents were highly satisfied with parenting their adolescents. Particular styles of attempting to control the adolescents explained variance in parental satisfaction for fathers, but not for mothers. Fathers who used coercion with their adolescents were the least satisfied. In a similar pattern, fathers who used induction reported greater satisfaction with their adolescents. Additional studies are necessary to further refine conceptual models of the predictors of parental satisfaction with their adolescents and to consider bidirectional predictors of parental satisfaction. (ABL)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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