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Title: Adolescents' perceptions of parental bonding and the relationship with self-esteem, locus of control and affect
Author: Robinson, Emma
Awarding Body: University of Edinburgh
Current Institution: University of Edinburgh
Date of Award: 2001
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The period of adolescence is a time of transition characterised by a number of cognitive, social and psychological changes. Theories of adolescence have emphasised the importance of the context of development and a number of personal traits and characteristics have been found to influence an individual's susceptibility to developing mental health problems. Attachment theory has outlined the importance of a secure attachment between parent and child in the healthy development of a child. Individuals and their parents continue to influence each other into adolescence and investigation have linked various styles of parenting to later psychological problems by examining how individuals recall their early relations with their parents. Quality of parenting style has been shown to have an effect on alter psychological functioning and studies in adolescents have looked at the correlation between parenting style and psychopathology (Burbach et al 1989, Waite et al 1994). However other personal factors, including sense of self, sense of control and affect underlie the development of many problems in adolescent populations. This study aimed to investigate the associations between perceptions of the quality of parenting styles and various measures of psychological characteristics in a normative sample of adolescents, aged between sixteen and eighteen years, recruited from a local high school. It was hypothesised that adolescents' perceptions of their parents would be related to their self-esteem, locus of control and affect. The relationship between parental bonding and these three measures were examined and the results were discussed in reference to previous research findings.
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Qualification Name: Thesis (D.Clin.Psy.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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