The Role of Parental Reflective Functioning in the Relation between Parents’ Self-Critical Perfectionism and Psychologically Controlling Parenting Toward Adolescents: Parenting: Vol 0, No 0

Objective. Parental self-significant perfectionism has been identified as an significant resource of parents’ psychologically managing parenting. Yet, it continues to be unclear how this nicely-set up affiliation can be described. This examine aims to progress perception in the affiliation between parental self-significant perfectionism and psychological control by addressing the position of parental reflective functioning amid mothers and fathers of adolescents. Style and design. This cross-sectional examine included 268 adolescents (Mage = 15.14 years, 50.7% woman), mothers (Mage = 45.83 years), and fathers (Mage = 47.77 years). Parents completed questionnaires assessing self-significant perfectionism, parental reflective functioning, psychologically managing parenting, and their child’s dilemma behaviors. In addition, adolescents rated their parents’ use of psychological control. Outcomes. Self-significant perfectionism relevant both straight and indirectly, by way of parents’ pre-mentalization, to psychological control amid mothers and fathers. Most associations remained major when managing for adolescent dilemma behaviors. Conclusions. This incapacity to mirror on the adolescent’s psychological environment, and the inclination to make maladaptive attributions about the adolescent’s inside states, make mothers and fathers with superior concentrations of self-significant perfectionism vulnerable to depend on psychologically managing parenting.

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This get the job done was supported by Grant [11X6516N and 12B4614N] from the Investigation Foundation Flanders (Fonds Wetenschappelijk Onderzoek [FWO]).


Lisa Dieleman, Ghent College, Henri Dunantlaan two, 9000 Gent, Belgium. E-mail: [email protected] Bart Soenens and Sarah S.W. De Pauw are at Ghent College, Peter Prinzie is at Erasmus College Rotterdam, Maarten Vansteenkiste is at Ghent College, and Patrick

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