Parental Psychological Control: Revisiting a Neglected Construct

Parental Psychological Control: Revisiting a Neglected Construct This article argues for the value in socialization research of focusing explicitly on the construct of parental psychological control of children—control that constrains, invalidates, and manipulates children's psychological and emotional experience and expression. The article traces the history of the construct and distinguishes psychological control theoretically and empirically from more behaviorally oriented control. 2 new measures of psychological control are developed. Data from 3 separate studies are presented which indicate that psychological control can be adequately measured across demographically varied samples and mode of measurement. In both cross‐sectional and longitudinal analyses, psychological control, particularly as perceived by preadolescents and adolescents, is consistently predictive of youth internalized problems (depression) and, in some cases, externalized problems (delinquency). In contrast, behavioral control is related primarily to externalized problems. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Child Development Wiley

Parental Psychological Control: Revisiting a Neglected Construct

Child Development, Volume 67 (6) – Dec 1, 1996

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Wiley
Copyright
Copyright © 1996 Wiley Subscription Services, Inc., A Wiley Company
ISSN
0009-3920
eISSN
1467-8624
DOI
10.1111/j.1467-8624.1996.tb01915.x
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Abstract

This article argues for the value in socialization research of focusing explicitly on the construct of parental psychological control of children—control that constrains, invalidates, and manipulates children's psychological and emotional experience and expression. The article traces the history of the construct and distinguishes psychological control theoretically and empirically from more behaviorally oriented control. 2 new measures of psychological control are developed. Data from 3 separate studies are presented which indicate that psychological control can be adequately measured across demographically varied samples and mode of measurement. In both cross‐sectional and longitudinal analyses, psychological control, particularly as perceived by preadolescents and adolescents, is consistently predictive of youth internalized problems (depression) and, in some cases, externalized problems (delinquency). In contrast, behavioral control is related primarily to externalized problems.

Journal

Child DevelopmentWiley

Published: Dec 1, 1996

References

  • Associations between parental psychological and behavioral control and youth internalized and externalized behaviors
    Barber, Barber; Olsen, Olsen; Shagle, Shagle
  • Parenting practices and peer group affiliation in adolescence
    Brown, Brown; Mounts, Mounts; Lamborn, Lamborn; Steinberg, Steinberg
  • A mediational model of the impact of marital conflict on adolescent adjustment in intact and divorced families: The role of disrupted parenting
    Fauber, Fauber; Forehand, Forehand; Thomas, Thomas; Wierson, Wierson
  • The stress process
    Pearlin, Pearlin; Lieberman, Lieberman; Meneghan, Meneghan; Mullan, Mullan
  • Impact of parenting practices on adolescent achievement: Authoritative parenting, school involvement, and encouragement to succeed
    Steinberg, Steinberg; Lamborn, Lamborn; Dornbusch, Dornbusch; Darling, Darling

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