Developing a sense of self as an independent and unique person, or identity, is an important developmental milestone for adolescents and young adults. Thus, understanding the factors that influence an individual’s identity is useful. This thesis examines two factors that influence interpersonal identity: internal working models of attachment and perceived parenting. Internal working models are an individual’s cognitive roadmaps of self-worthiness and other-trustworthiness. Perceived parenting consists of perceptions of parental support and parental over-control during childhood and adolescence. A sample of 397 college students (107 males, 287 females, 2 others) receiving course credit at a Southern university were surveyed using online Likert-type questionnaires to determine whether or not internal working models of attachment mediate the relation between perceived parenting and interpersonal identity. Results indicated that there was evidence that internal working models do mediate the relation between perceived parenting and interpersonal identity. However, this research will need to be approached longitudinally and use objective assessments of parental behaviors, rather than subjective assessments. However, there is enough evidence in this study to continue the endeavor.
|Advisor:||MacGyvers, Valanne L.|
|Commitee:||Perkins, D. Richard, Yang, Yang|
|School:||University of Louisiana at Lafayette|
|School Location:||United States -- Louisiana|
|Source:||MAI 57/05M(E), Masters Abstracts International|
|Subjects:||Social psychology, Psychology|
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