This study examined the mediating effect of separation-individuation on the relationship between parenting style and college adjustment. This study included 150 first year college participants (Caucasian 52%, Latino/Hispanic 17.33%, African-American 7.3%, Asians 17.33%, and Other 6%) between ages 18 to 20 from New York City universities. The instruments used in this study were Parental Authority Questionnaire (PAQ), Dysfunctional Separation-Individuation Scale (DSIS), and Student Adaptation to College Questionnaire (SACQ). Hierarchical Regression Analysis was used for predicting personal emotional adjustment using separation-individuation. PROCESS Macro procedure for SPSS was used to test the hypotheses of this study. The results of this study show a few important and significant findings. First, it was found that maternal authoritarian parenting style was significantly predictive of problems in separation individuation. Secondly, it was found that separation-individuation was predictive of both personal-emotional college adjustment and social college adjustment. It should be noted, however, that problems in separation individuation were predictive of improved social adjustment, contrary to expectations, while it was negatively predictive of personal-emotional college adjustment. Finally, two mediation models were tested that showed that separation individuation mediated the relationship between maternal authoritarian parenting style and two aspects of college adjustment, personal emotional and social adjustment. The strengths and limitations as well as their significance are discussed.
|Commitee:||Marks-Frey, Marilyn, Terlizzi, Charlene|
|Department:||Harold Abel School of Social and Behavioral Sciences|
|School Location:||United States -- Minnesota|
|Source:||DAI-B 77/02(E), Dissertation Abstracts International|
|Subjects:||Social psychology, Developmental psychology, Clinical psychology, Personality psychology, Individual & family studies|
|Keywords:||College adjustment, Parenting style, Separation-individuation|
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