The Role of parental control on reminiscing between mothers and children: mediator role of maternal selfconstruals

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2015
Çeviker, Gizem
The aim of the current study is to explore the role of mothers’ retrospective parental control (behavioral and psychological) through mothers’ self-construals on mothers’ and children’s reminiscing styles which examined through the mediator role of self-construals; individuation and relatedness. Participants are 62 mother-child pairs, with children between the ages of 4-5. Mother-child pairs visited Laboratory of Child and Adolescent Development at Middle East Technical University (METU) in Ankara, Turkey. Mothers were given the Balanced Integration-Differentiation (BID) Scale (İmamoğlu, 1998; 2003), Perceived Parental Psychological Control Scale-Youth Self-Report (PCS-YSR) (Barber, 1996), and Perceived Parental Behavioral Control Scale (PBCS) (Kerr & Stattin, 2000) right after they had a conversation about a shared-past event with their children. All conversations were transcribed and coded by using certain coding schemes. The main focus of coding was assessing elaborativeness and repetitiveness both for mothers and children. The results indicated that there is a negative association between retrospectively perceived psychological control and individuation pattern. There is an approached significant direct effect of maternal relatedness on maternal elaborativeness. Total effect of maternal psychological control on mother elaborativeness and mother repetitiveness, separately, without maternal individuation and relatedness was significant. Even though maternal individuation and relatedness has no mediator role on the association between maternal psychological and behavioral control and reminiscing pattern of both mothers and children, correlations between variables and specific contributions of psychological control and mothers’ repetitiveness are promising for future studies. Possible explanations for all results, limitations and implications were discussed in light of the related literature.

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G. Çeviker, “The Role of parental control on reminiscing between mothers and children: mediator role of maternal selfconstruals,” M.S. - Master of Science, Middle East Technical University, 2015.