Perceived Parenting Styles, Depersonalisation, Anxiety and Coping Behaviour in Adolescents

Published in: Personality and Individual Differences, v. 34, no. 3, Feb. 2003, p. 521–532

Posted on RAND.org on February 01, 2003

by Uwe Wolfradt, Susanne Hempel, Jeremy N. V. Miles

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The present study investigated the relationship between perceived parenting styles, depersonalisation, anxiety and coping behaviour in a normal high school student sample (N=276). It was found that perceived parental psychological pressure correlated positively with depersonalisation and trait anxiety among the adolescents. Perceived parental warmth was positively associated with active coping and negatively correlated with trait anxiety in the adolescents. A cluster analysis revealed four types of parenting styles: authoritarian, authoritative, permissive and indifferent. The group with the authoritarian parenting style showed higher scores on depersonalisation and anxiety. The groups with the authoritative and permissive style of both parents showed the highest score on active problem coping. The discussion focuses on the role of parenting styles in dysfunctional personality traits during adolescence.

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