QUALITATIVE EXAMINATION OF PATERNAL AND MATERNAL PARENTING CONTROL IN EARLY AND MIDDLE CHILDHOOD AMONG TURKISH PARENTS

2021-4-12
Tümer, Bahar
Parental Psychological Control (PPC) is generally associated with adverse developmental outcomes in childhood and adolescence in Western cultures. However recent theories and studies suggest that these effects might differ across cultures since PPC may not be perceived as a negative parenting behavior collectivistic cultures. There is a need for an in-dept qualitative examination of PPC to better understand its cultural dynamics in Turkish cultural context. The current thesis aims to investigate the prevalence of four commonly known PPC strategies; overprotection, invalidating feelings, guilt induction and love withdrawal among a sample of Turkish parents. In addition, potentially culture specific PPC strategies were investigated using the qualitative data. The results showed that overprotection and invalidating feelings were more common PPT behaviors among Turkish parents. However, it was seen that love withdrawal and guilt induction were significantly correlated. Further analysis on the demographic characteristics have revealed that boys experienced significantly more PPC compared to girls and PPC was the most commonly applied to children between the ages of 7-12. Qualitative analysis suggested that certain PPC strategies are necessary and healthy by parents supporting the cultural approach. Finally, three novel PPC strategies were observed and described as manipulative control, conditional perfectionism and threat of social exclusion in Turkish culture. Implications of both common and culture specific PPC strategies are discussed.

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Citation Formats
B. Tümer, “QUALITATIVE EXAMINATION OF PATERNAL AND MATERNAL PARENTING CONTROL IN EARLY AND MIDDLE CHILDHOOD AMONG TURKISH PARENTS,” M.S. - Master of Science, Middle East Technical University, 2021.