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Young South African Adults' Perceptions of Parental Psychological Control and Antisocial Behavior

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Abstract:

We extended prior research by investigating perceptions of parental psychological control as a contributor to young adults' antisocial behavior in a sample of 382 South African university students aged between 18 and 25 years. Barber's (1996) measure of parental psychological control and the Youth Self-Report (Achenbach & Edelbrock, 1987) questionnaires were administered for data collection. A positive relationship was found between parental psychological control and the antisocial behavior of young adults. Additionally, the results of the hierarchical regression analysis suggest that maternal psychological control, compared to paternal psychological control, was a stronger predictor of antisocial behavior.

Keywords: ANTISOCIAL BEHAVIOR; PARENTING; PSYCHOLOGICAL CONTROL; YOUNG ADULTS

Document Type: Research Article

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.2224/sbp.2012.40.7.1163

Publication date: August 1, 2012

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