ERIC Number: EJ821619
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Mar
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Self-Functioning and Perceived Parenting: Relations of Parental Empathy and Love Inconsistency with Narcissism, Depression, and Self-Esteem
Trumpeter, Nevelyn N.; Watson, P. J.; O'Leary, Brian J.; Weathington, Bart L.
Journal of Genetic Psychology, v169 n1 p51-71 Mar 2008
In Heinz Kohut's (1977, 1984) theory of the psychology of the self, good parenting provides a child with optimal frustration and just the right amount of loving empathic concern. In the present study, the authors examined the relations of perceived parental empathy and love inconsistency with measures of narcissism, self-esteem, and depression. In a sample of university undergraduates (N = 232; 78 men, 153 women, and 1 nonresponder), perceived parental empathy predicted more adaptive self-functioning, whereas parental love inconsistency was related to psychological maladjustment. These results support the theoretical assumption that perceived parental empathy is associated with healthy self-development.
Descriptors: Child Rearing, Intimacy, Parent Child Relationship, Adjustment (to Environment), Empathy, Depression (Psychology), Self Esteem, Parenting Styles, Measures (Individuals), Undergraduate Students, Individual Development
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