The relationship between perceived parental rejection and internalizing behaviors: moderating role of sensory processing sensitivity and gender

Onursal Özer, Bilge
Perceived parental rejection has been studied widely in contemporary literature and studies show its link to problematic outcomes during adolescence (e.g. Putnick et al., 2015). Nowadays, it is being discussed that sensory processing sensitivity (SPS), a term that has been receiving close attention, may be a more salient temperamental susceptibility marker than other temperamental traits (Slagt et al., 2018). The aim of the present research was to investigate the association between perceived maternal and paternal rejection and internalizing behaviors, and whether this association is moderated by SPS, and, whether this relationship is further moderated by child gender. This study was part of a nationally representative project carried out by three universities in two different time points. For this particular study, only data from time one was used, and children aged between 9-18 years old (5 – 11 grades) were selected as a sample. The models were designed as two separate moderated moderation models depicted as Model 3 (Hayes, 2018). The associations were analyzed first by running hierarchical regression analyses and the results revealed that the hypothesized twoway and three-way interactions did not reach significance, however the main effect of v gender and the interaction between SPS and gender were significant. This interaction was further analyzed by Process Macro (Hayes, 2018) and the results revealed that highly sensitive girls were more inclined to experience internalizing problems. The findings are discussed in terms of literature on adolescence problems and SPS, and future directions are suggested accordingly.


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B. Onursal Özer, “The relationship between perceived parental rejection and internalizing behaviors: moderating role of sensory processing sensitivity and gender,” M.S. - Master of Science, Middle East Technical University, 2020.