The purpose of this study was to examine the relationship between parental psychological control and adolescent externalizing behavior with adolescent internalized shame acting as a mediating variable. Gender differences were also examined. Three hundred eleven two-parent families with an adolescent were included in this study, 154 were male adolescents (Mean age at wave 6 = 16.28 years, SD = .98) and 157 were female adolescents (Mean age at wave 6 = 16.21 years, SD = .99). Results indicate that parental psychological control for both mothers and fathers at wave 4 was positively related to adolescent externalizing behavior for both boys and girls at wave 6. Psychological control by both mother and father at wave 4 was found to be related to adolescent internalized shame at wave 5 for both male and female adolescents. Adolescent internalized shame at wave 5 was related to externalizing behavior at wave 6 for both male and female adolescents. Shame was found to partially mediate the relationship between parental psychological control at wave 4 and adolescent externalizing behavior at wave 6. Implications for further research and clinical practice are discussed.
College and Department
Family, Home, and Social Sciences; Marriage and Family Therapy
BYU ScholarsArchive Citation
Nuttall, Iesha Renee, "A Longitudinal Examination of Parental Psychological Control and Externalizing Behavior in Adolescents with Adolescent Internalized Shame as a Mediating Variable" (2017). Theses and Dissertations. 6265.
adolescent, externalizing behavior, psychological control, shame, parenting