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Parental Psychological Control and Autonomy Granting: Distinctions and Associations with Child and Family Functioning.
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PMID:  23418403     Owner:  NLM     Status:  Publisher    
OBJECTIVE: This study utilized an observational coding scheme to identify parenting behavior reflecting psychological control and autonomy granting and examined relations between these parenting dimensions and indices of child and family functioning. DESIGN: A community sample of 90 preadolescents (aged 10.5 to 12 years) and both of their parents engaged in a triadic interaction that was coded for parental psychological control and autonomy granting. Participants also completed measures of child adjustment, interparental conflict, and triangulation. RESULTS: Factor analyses indicated that a two-factor model better fit the data than a one-factor model, suggesting that psychological control and autonomy granting are best conceptualized as independent but related constructs. Parental psychological control and autonomy granting exhibited some shared and some unique correlates with indices of child and family functioning. Hierarchical regressions revealed significant interactions between these dimensions, suggesting that the strength of some associations between parents' use of psychological control and youth adjustment problems depends on the level of autonomy granting exhibited by the parent. CONCLUSIONS: By examining psychological control and autonomy granting simultaneously as unique constructs, this study identifies patterns of psychological control and autonomy granting that undermine youth adjustment. Findings inform targeted intervention efforts for families of preadolescent youth.
Jennifer Hauser Kunz; John H Grych
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Type:  JOURNAL ARTICLE     Date:  2013-2-5
Journal Detail:
Title:  Parenting, science and practice     Volume:  13     ISSN:  1529-5192     ISO Abbreviation:  Parent Sci Pract     Publication Date:  2013 Apr 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2013-2-18     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  101093743     Medline TA:  Parent Sci Pract     Country:  -    
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Languages:  ENG     Pagination:  77-94     Citation Subset:  -    
Department of Psychology, Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science, 3333 Green Bay Road, North Chicago, Illinois 60064, USA. .
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