Maternal psychological control and child temperament as predictors of preschoolers‟ internalizing problems: mediating role of guiit proneness

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2015
Ünal, Gülsün
Parenting has been found to be an important determinant of child adjustment. Parental use of psychological control has been linked with children‟s internalizing problems during preschool years. The first aim of the present study was to investigate the relation between perceived maternal psychological control and preschoolers‟ internalizing problems. In addition, the mediating role of children‟s guilt proneness on that relation was examined. Moreover, the role of parenting and child temperament interaction in determining child outcomes has been well documented by research. The second aim of the current study was to investigate how interaction of perceived maternal psychological control and child temperament would have an effect on child‟s guilt proneness. To accomplish these aims, 100 preschoolers aged between 52 to 78 months and their mothers participated in the study. Children‟s assessment of perceived maternal psychological control and guilt proneness were conducted one by one at the kindergartens located in Ankara and Bolu. The mothers were required to rate their children on the questionnaires of child temperament, guilt proneness and internalizing problems. On the contrary to what was expected, the results revealed no relationship between perceived maternal psychological control and child‟s internalizing problems. Consequently, the expected mediating role of child‟s guilt proneness was not statistically analyzed. Moreover, in contradiction to what was expected, interaction of perceived maternal psychological control and child temperament did not have an effect on either child‟s guilt proneness, or internalizing problems.

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G. Ünal, “Maternal psychological control and child temperament as predictors of preschoolers‟ internalizing problems: mediating role of guiit proneness,” M.S. - Master of Science, Middle East Technical University, 2015.