Title page for ETD etd-06302004-121001

Type of Document Master's Thesis
Author Romano, Jennifer Joyce
Author's Email Address pitenji@yahoo.com
URN etd-06302004-121001
Title Dimensions of Parenting and Identity Development in Late Adolescence
Degree Master of Science
Department Human Development
Advisory Committee
Advisor Name Title
Benson, Mark J. Committee Chair
McWey, Lenore M. Committee Member
Stremmel, Andrew J. Committee Member
  • Adolescence
  • Identity Development
  • Paternal Behaviors
  • Maternal Behaviors
  • Parenting Dimensions
Date of Defense 2004-06-11
Availability unrestricted
Previous research examining the link between parenting and identity have either indirectly assessed a single dimension of parenting or explored the degree of achievement rather than the process of identity development. The present study examines the influence of maternal and paternal parenting behaviors on the identity formation process in late adolescence. Participants (N = 1134), ranging in age from 18 to 25, completed questionnaires to assess their perceptions of parental behaviors and their current identity status. The results indicate an association between maternal acceptance and identity achievement, and moratorium was correlated with lax control and psychological control. Parental acceptance and psychological control were linked with foreclosure, and all three dimensions of parenting were found to be associated with identity diffusion. The findings are discussed from an intervention standpoint as to which specific parental behaviors can protect against the unachieved identity statuses and facilitate the identity formation process.
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