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The role of parental reflective functioning in the relation between parents’ self-critical perfectionism and psychologically controlling parenting towards adolescents

Dieleman, LM; Soenens, B; De Pauw, SSW; Prinzie, P; Vansteenkiste, M; Luyten, P; (2019) The role of parental reflective functioning in the relation between parents’ self-critical perfectionism and psychologically controlling parenting towards adolescents. Parenting (In press).

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Abstract

Objective: Parental self-critical perfectionism has been identified as an important source of parents’ psychologically controlling parenting. Nevertheless, it remains unclear how this well-established association can be explained. This study aims to advance insight in the association between parental self-critical perfectionism and psychological control by addressing the role of parental reflective functioning among parents of adolescents. Design: This cross-sectional study included 268 adolescents (Mage = 15.14 years, 50.7% female), mothers (Mage = 45.83 years), and fathers (Mage = 47.77 years). Parents completed questionnaires assessing self-critical perfectionism, parental reflective functioning, psychologically controlling parenting, and their child’s problem behaviors. In addition, adolescents rated their parents’ use of psychological control. Results: Self-critical perfectionism related both directly and indirectly, via parents’ pre-mentalization, to psychological control among mothers and fathers. Most associations remained significant when controlling for adolescent problem behaviors. Conclusions: This incapacity to reflect on the adolescent’s mental world, and the tendency to make maladaptive attributions about the adolescent’s internal states, make parents with high levels of self-critical perfectionism vulnerable to rely on psychologically controlling parenting.

Type: Article
Title: The role of parental reflective functioning in the relation between parents’ self-critical perfectionism and psychologically controlling parenting towards adolescents
Language: English
Additional information: This version is the author accepted manuscript. For information on re-use, please refer to the publisher’s terms and conditions.
Keywords: Parental reflective functioning, Psychological control, Self-critical perfectionism, Adolescence, Parenting
UCL classification: UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Brain Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Brain Sciences > Div of Psychology and Lang Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Brain Sciences > Div of Psychology and Lang Sciences > Clinical, Edu and Hlth Psychology
URI: http://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10073433
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