THE MEDIATING ROLE OF PSYCHOLOGICAL ADJUSTMENT IN THE ASSOCIATION BETWEEN PARENTAL ACCEPTANCE-REJECTION AND INTIMATE PARTNER ACCEPTANCE-REJECTION AMONG MARRIED COUPLES

2022-5
Külahçıoğlu, Elçin
Based on the Interpersonal Acceptance-Rejection Theory, the current study aimed to test a model that explores the mediating role of psychological adjustment on remembered parental acceptance-rejection and perceived intimate partner acceptance rejection among 172 married couples (n=344 individuals). To gather data, Demographic Information Form, Adult Parental Acceptance-Rejection Questionnaire Short form (Adult PARQ/SF), Personality Assessment Questionnaire (PAQ), and Intimate Adult Relationship Questionnaire-Short Form (IARQ/SF) were utilized. To test the proposed model, Actor-Partner Interdependence Mediation Model (APIMeM) was used. Results of the Path Analysis indicated that wives’ and husbands’ perceived maternal and paternal acceptance-rejection accounted for 15% of the variance in wives’ psychological adjustment and 10% for husbands’ psychological adjustment. Overall, the model explained 11.6% of the variance for wives’ perceived partner acceptance-rejection and 19.1% variance for husbands’ perceived partner acceptance rejection. Hence, the model was valid but not with robust effect sizes. Nevertheless, this study exerted novel paths in which psychological adjustment has an agent role among parental acceptance-rejection and partner acceptance-rejection. Regarding the actor effect for wives and husbands, parental acceptance was significantly associated with psychological adjustment with highlighted gender differences among them. For indirect actor effects, complete mediation of psychological adjustment was detected outlining the greater influence of fathers for men and mothers for women. Regarding partner effect, husbands’ psychological adjustment did not account for wives’ perceived partner acceptance-rejection neither directly nor through its mediating role. But wives’ psychological adjustment was found to contribute to husbands’ perceived partner acceptance-rejection significantly. These findings were discussed considering the relevant literature.

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Citation Formats
E. Külahçıoğlu, “THE MEDIATING ROLE OF PSYCHOLOGICAL ADJUSTMENT IN THE ASSOCIATION BETWEEN PARENTAL ACCEPTANCE-REJECTION AND INTIMATE PARTNER ACCEPTANCE-REJECTION AMONG MARRIED COUPLES,” Ph.D. - Doctoral Program, Middle East Technical University, 2022.