This study aimed to investigate the intergenerational continuity of parental psychological control and the role of marital conflict by measuring past experience of psychological control and current level of interparental conflict in predicting present use of psychological control. 107 respondents (52 males and 55 females) and both their biological parents rated the psychological control experienced during their young adulthood. Results showed only cross-gender continuity in transmission of psychological control. Marital conflict was also a significant predictor of parental use of psychological control but past experience of psychological control with opposite sex parent was a stronger predictor. The importance of curbing the negative effects of psychological control is emphasized.
|Keywords:||Parenting, Parental Control, Psychological Control, Intergenerational Continuity, Marital Conflict, Child Development, Adolescents Development|
Lecturer, HELP Matriculation Center, HELP University College, Kuala Lumpur, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
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