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ERIC Number: EJ875809
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Mar
Pages: 26
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0273-2297
A Theoretical Upgrade of the Concept of Parental Psychological Control: Proposing New Insights on the Basis of Self-Determination Theory
Soenens, Bart; Vansteenkiste, Maarten
Developmental Review, v30 n1 p74-99 Mar 2010
Psychological control refers to manipulative parental behavior that intrudes upon the child's psychological world. During the past decade, socialization research has consistently demonstrated the negative effects of psychologically controlling parenting on children's and adolescents' development. However, there has been relatively little advance in our conceptual understanding of this parenting construct. The present overview aims to enrich the theoretical background of the concept of psychological control by relating it to concepts used in self-determination theory. It is argued that this theoretical background allows for (a) a clearer definition of the concept of psychological control, (b) a more refined understanding of the dynamics involved in psychologically controlling parenting, and (c) a greater insight regarding its generalization across age and cultures. Directions for future research are formulated with respect to each of these three issues. (Contains 2 figures.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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