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Parent–child relationships and offspring’s positive mental wellbeing from adolescence to early older age

Stafford, M; Kuh, DL; Gale, CR; Mishra, G; Richards, M; (2015) Parent–child relationships and offspring’s positive mental wellbeing from adolescence to early older age. Journal of Positive Psychology , 11 (3) pp. 326-337. 10.1080/17439760.2015.1081971. Green open access

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Abstract

© 2015 The Author(s). Published by Taylor & Francis We examined parent-child relationship quality and positive mental well-being using Medical Research Council National Survey of Health and Development data. Well-being was measured at ages 13–15 (teacher-rated happiness), 36 (life satisfaction), 43 (satisfaction with home and family life) and 60–64 years (Diener Satisfaction With Life scale and Warwick Edinburgh Mental Well-being scale). The Parental Bonding Instrument captured perceived care and control from the father and mother to age 16, recalled by study members at age 43. Greater well-being was seen for offspring with higher combined parental care and lower combined parental psychological control (p < 0.05 at all ages). Controlling for maternal care and paternal and maternal behavioural and psychological control, childhood social class, parental separation, mother’s neuroticism and study member’s personality, higher well-being was consistently related to paternal care. This suggests that both mother–child and father–child relationships may have short and long-term consequences for positive mental well-being.

Type: Article
Title: Parent–child relationships and offspring’s positive mental wellbeing from adolescence to early older age
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1080/17439760.2015.1081971
Publisher version: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/17439760.2015.1081971
Additional information: © 2015 The Author(s). Published by Taylor & Francis. This is an Open Access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/), which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited. Permission is granted subject to the terms of the License under which the work was published. Please check the License conditions for the work which you wish to reuse. Full and appropriate attribution must be given. This permission does not cover any third party copyrighted material which may appear in the work requested.
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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 Pop Health Sciences > Institute of Cardiovascular Science
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/1476806
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