Adolescent Problem Behaviour in Relation to Emotional Autonomy and Parent- Child Relationship

Damanjit Sandhu, Damanjeet Kaur


The present study was designed to study adolescentproblem behavior (internalizing and externalizingproblems ) in relat ion to emot ional autonomy(deidealization of parents, non-dependency on parents,individuation, perceiving parents as people) ,and parentchildrelationship (mothers’ care, fathers’ care, mothers’overprotection, fathers’ overprotection). For this purpose200 adolescent boys (age range 13-15 years, fromPatiala, India) were administered Youth Self Report(Achenbach, 1991), Emotional Autonomy Scale (Steinberg& Silverberg, 1986), and Parental Bonding Inventory(Parker, Tupling, & Brown, 1979). Pearsons’ ProductMoment Correlation analyses reveals that deidealizationof parents and nondependency on parents, and mothers’overprotection are positively correlated with adolescentproblem behavior. Mothers’ care is inversely correlatedwith adolescent problem behaviour. Stepwise MultipleRegression Analyses reveals that positive contributorsto adolescent problem behavior are individuation,deidealization of parents, and fathers’ care. While thosecontributing inversely to adolescent problem behavior aremothers’ care and fathers’ overprotection, and perceivingparents as people dimension of emotional autonomy. Theresults have been discussed in the light of cultural context.

Key words: adolescence; problem behavior; emotionalautonomy; parent-child relationship

Résumé La présente étude a été conçue pour étudier lecomportement des adolescents problème (troublesinternalisés et externalisés) par rapport à l’autonomieaffective (deidealization des parents, non-dépendanceà l’égard des parents, l’individuation, les parentspercevoir comme des personnes), et la relation parentenfant(soins des mères, des soins, les mères des pèressurprotection, la surprotection des pères). Pour ce but 200adolescents (tranche d’âge 13-15 ans, de Patiala, Inde)ont été administrés rapport d’auto jeunesse (Achenbach,1991), échelle de l’autonomie émotionnelle (Steinberg& Silverberg , Inventaire Collage 1986), et des parents(Parker, Tupling, & Brown, 1979). Pearsons ‘analysesde corrélation produit Moment révèle que deidealizationdes parents et des nondependency sur les parents et lesmères des surprotection sont positivement corrélés avecles problèmes de comportement chez les adolescents.soins des mères est inversement corrélée aux problèmesde comportement chez les adolescents. pas à pas multiplesanalyses de régression révèle que les contributeurs positifsà problèmes de comportement chez les adolescents sontl’individuation, deidealization des parents, et des pères desoins. Alors que ceux qui contribuent aux problèmes decomportement inverse chez les adolescents sont des mèresde soins et de la surprotection des pères, et les parentspercevant comme dimension humaine de l’autonomieaffective. les résultats ont été discutés à la lumière ducontexte culturel.

Mots clés: Adolescence; Les problèmes de comportement;L'autonomie affective; Relation parent-enfant


adolescence; problem behavior; emotionalautonomy; parent-child relationship



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