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ERIC Number: EJ989148
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012-Oct
Pages: 11
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0140-1971
Parental Psychological Control and Dysfunctional Separation--Individuation: A Tale of Two Different Dynamics
Kins, Evie; Soenens, Bart; Beyers, Wim
Journal of Adolescence, v35 n5 p1099-1109 Oct 2012
This study examined associations between psychologically controlling parenting and two possible manifestations of problematic separation--individuation (i.e., dysfunctional dependence and dysfunctional independence). To explain these associations, it has been argued that psychological control is an inherently independence-stifling parenting dimension that gives rise to a dysfunctional dependent orientation. In this study, it was argued that psychological control may relate to dysfunctional dependence and dysfunctional independence, depending on whether parents' use of psychological control is driven by issues of interpersonal closeness (i.e., dependency-oriented psychological control) or by issues of achievement (i.e., achievement-oriented psychological control). A Belgian sample of 232 emerging adults, involved in the process of home leaving, and their parents completed self-report questionnaires. Regression analyses indicated that domain-specific expressions of psychological control were related differentially to dysfunctional dependent and dysfunctional independent manifestations of problematic separation--individuation. Emerging adults' residential status did not moderate these associations. Implications and directions for future research are discussed. (Contains 2 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Belgium