Self-perceived adulthood status moderates links from perceived parental psychological control to Chinese youth’s wellbeing
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AbstractPrior research has mainly studied various correlates of youth’s self-perceived adulthood status (i.e., not being an adult yet, being “in-between” – not being an adult yet in some aspects and being an adult already in other aspects vs. being an adult already). We hypothesized that youth’s self-perceived adulthood status may also make a difference in how they may be affected by parental control during the transition to adulthood. We examined this issue in a sample of university students (134 females, 66 males; mean age=21.02 years, SD=1.20) in Guangzhou, a big city in Southern China. Only two students regarded themselves as “not an adult yet,” 122 students “in-between,” and 76 students “an adult already.” Among students who regarded themselves as “an adult already,” perceived parental dependence- and achievement-oriented psychological control (i.e., parents making youth feel guilty and showing disapproval when youth individuate from parents and when youth are not striving for excellence) was related to dampened life satisfaction, self-esteem and vitality, and heightened depression, whereas among students who regarded themselves as “in-between,” perceived parental psychological control was related to heightened depression only and unrelated to life satisfaction, self-esteem or vitality. The findings suggest that youths who regard themselves as an adult already may be particularly likely to be affected negatively by parental control.
All Author(s) ListRuyi Ding, Qian Wang
Name of ConferenceThe 15th European Congress of Psychology
Start Date of Conference11/07/2017
End Date of Conference14/07/2017
Place of ConferenceAmsterdam
Country/Region of ConferenceNetherlands
Year2017
LanguagesEnglish-United States

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