Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

The relationship between dyadic parent-child cohesion and adolescents' self-concept
by Whitcher, Derick William, Psy.D., Alfred University, 2016, 82; 10145712
Abstract (Summary)

The current study investigated the relationships between mother-child, father-child, parent-cohesion, and children’s self-concept. Participants included 30 early adolescents (ages 10 to 15 years) from intact family arrangements. Children completed a modified version of the Family System Test (FAST) to assess levels of parent-child cohesion. The Piers-Harris 2 was used to evaluate dimensions of self-concept. A series of sequential multiple regressions were performed to determine the relationships parent-child cohesion variables had with self-concept constructs, after controlling for the children’s sex and typical grades. Only father-child cohesion scores significantly related to adolescents’ ratings on specific facets of self-concept (i.e., Behavioral Adjustment, Intellectual and School Status), suggesting that children who report feeling closer to their fathers also endorsed items reflecting less problematic behavior and more intellectual/academic competence. Findings suggest mothers and fathers contribute differentially to adolescents’ self-concept. Implications for parental education and ensuring children have a caring, male role model are discussed. Limitations to the study included issues with sample size, generalizability, and data collection.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Atlas, Jana
Commitee: Bender, Stacy L., Evangelista, Nancy J., Greil, Larry
School: Alfred University
Department: Division of Counseling and School Psychology
School Location: United States -- New York
Source: DAI-B 78/02(E), Dissertation Abstracts International
Subjects: Developmental psychology, Clinical psychology
Keywords: Parent-child cohesion, Self-concept
Publication Number: 10145712
ISBN: 9781369011425
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