Anxiety is debilitating, impairing, and highly prevalent across the lifespan. Parenting behaviors (e.g., high psychological control) have been implicated in increased risk for child and adolescent anxiety, but these associations have not been studied in emerging adults (ages 18-25) or using a developmental psychopathology approach that considers how the relationship between parenting behavior and youth mental health may vary across youth development. Accordingly, the current study examined whether maternal psychological control is significantly associated with anxiety symptoms in emerging adults, and whether the magnitude of this association varies among emerging adults and youth. Participants (n = 70 emerging adults, n = 43 youth) completed questionnaires about parenting behavior and anxiety symptoms. Regression analyses revealed that emerging adults whose mothers were higher in psychological control experienced higher anxiety than emerging adults whose mothers were lower in psychological control. The opposite association was observed in youth. Findings have implications for family-focused interventions.
|Commitee:||Correa-Chavez, Maricela, Thoman, Dustin|
|School:||California State University, Long Beach|
|School Location:||United States -- California|
|Source:||MAI 55/04M(E), Masters Abstracts International|
|Subjects:||Developmental psychology, Clinical psychology|
|Keywords:||Anxiety, Developmental psychopathology, Emerging adults, Psychological control, Youth|
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