The association between parenting practices and peer rejection, moderated by sensory processing sensitivity of the child

Anaçali, Elif
The current study aims to investigate the relationships between parenting dimensions (acceptance, behavioral and psychological control) and peer rejection of children and adolescents from 5th to 11th grade (Nfemale = 1741, Nmale = 1435), moderated by child’s sensory processing sensitivity (depth of processing and overreaction to stimuli). In order to explore gender interactions, separate path models for mother-daughter, mother-son, father-daughter, and father-son dyads are tested. Gender differences between girls and boys in terms of parenting dimensions and peer rejection are examined using one-way ANOVAs. Results indicate that girls report more peer rejection, less maternal acceptance, and more maternal behavioral control compared to boys. Moreover, peer rejection is predicted negatively by both maternal and paternal acceptance, while it is predicted positively by both maternal and paternal psychological control regardless of child’s gender. The association between behavioral control and peer rejection is significant in a negative way only in mother-son dyads. Overreaction to stimuli is found to have a positive relationship with peer rejection for each dyad, whereas depth of processing has a negative relationship with peer rejection for only father-daughter dyads. Significant interactions are detected between overreaction to stimuli and maternal behavioral control perceived by girls and depth of processing and maternal psychological control perceived by boys while predicting peer rejection. The findings are discussed along with the contributions and limitations of the study, and the implications.


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E. Anaçali, “The association between parenting practices and peer rejection, moderated by sensory processing sensitivity of the child,” M.S. - Master of Science, Middle East Technical University, 2023.