Title: Do personality traits moderate relations between psychologically controlling parenting and problem behavior in adolescents?
Authors: Mabbe, Elien ×
Soenens, Bart
Vansteenkiste, Maarten
Van Leeuwen, Karla #
Issue Date: 2016
Series Title: Journal of Personality vol:84 issue:3 pages:381-392
Article number: DOI: 10.1111/jopy.12166
Abstract: Objective: This research examined whether and how adolescents’ personality traits moderate associations between psychologically controlling parenting and problem behaviors. On the basis of Self-Determination Theory, we also examined the mediating role of psychological need frustration in the effects of psychologically controlling parenting.

Method: A cross-sectional study in two samples (N = 423 and 292; M age = 12.43 and 15.74 years) was conducted. While in Sample 1 both mothers and adolescents provided reports of parenting and problem behavior, Sample 2 relied on adolescent-reported parenting and mother-reported problem behavior.

Results: Psychologically controlling parenting was related to internalizing and externalizing problems in both samples. Little systematic evidence was obtained for the moderating role of personality, with the exception of a moderating effect of agreeableness. In both samples psychological control was unrelated to externalizing problems among adolescents high on agreeableness. Analyses on Sample 2 showed that associations between psychological control and problem behavior were mediated by psychological need frustration.

Conclusions: Adolescent personality plays a modest role as a moderator of associations between psychologically controlling parenting and problem behavior. Frustration of adolescents’ basic and universal psychological needs can account for the undermining effects of psychologically controlling parenting.
ISSN: 0022-3506
Publication status: published
KU Leuven publication type: IT
Appears in Collections:Parenting and Special Education
× corresponding author
# (joint) last author

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