Associations between dimensional parenting style and adolescent personality and psychological dysfunction

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Madeline Frances Adolf (Creator)
Western Carolina University (WCU )
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David McCord

Abstract: The current project examined the relationship between parenting style and adolescent personality and psychopathology. Adolescent traits and symptoms were measured by the MMPI-A-RF. Adolescents ages 13-17 (N = 172; 63% female) were administered MMPI-A-RFs as part of a clinical psychological assessment battery. When these adolescents entered a wilderness therapy residential treatment center, they and their parents also completed additional measures, including of parenting style, if they assented to participate in a separate clinical outcomes study. Parenting style was measured across three dimensions: acceptance, firm/behavioral control, and psychological control. The analysis of this project explored bivariate correlations (Pearson’s r) between parenting style dimensions and MMPI-A-RF substantive scales and subscales. Although no a priori hypotheses were supported at the pre-established level of significance, a number of exploratory findings have important implications for causal models of child development and personality theory.

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Language: English
Date: 2021
Psychology, Pathological
Adolescent psychology
Child development

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