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ERIC Number: EJ888434
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Oct
Pages: 34
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 48
ISSN: ISSN-0272-930X
Clarifying the Link between Parental Psychological Control and Adolescents' Depressive Symptoms: Reciprocal versus Unidirectional Models
Soenens, Bart; Luyckx, Koen; Vansteenkiste, Maarten; Duriez, Bart; Goossens, Luc
Merrill-Palmer Quarterly: Journal of Developmental Psychology, v54 n4 p411-444 Oct 2008
Research has demonstrated consistent positive associations between perceived parental psychological control and adolescents' depressive symptoms, but the direction of influence remains unclear. Using a cross-lagged longitudinal design in two samples of late (Study 1, N = 396) and middle (Study 2, N = 724) adolescents, this study compared three models, that is, a psychological control effects model, an adolescent adjustment effects model, and a reciprocal model. Structural equation modeling analyses generally favored the reciprocal model over each of the unidirectional models. The cross-lagged effects of perceived psychological control remained significant after controlling for two important parenting dimensions (i.e., parental responsiveness and behavioral control; Study 1) and were found in all types of parent-adolescent dyads except for the mother-daughter dyad (Study 2). Implications for the understanding of the mechanisms that underlie the deleterious effects of parents' psychological control on adolescent adjustment are discussed. (Contains 3 figures, 1 footnote and 2 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
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Language: English
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