Title

Parental Psychological Control, Psychological Autonomy, and Acceptance as Predictors of Self-Esteem in Latino Adolescents

Keywords

Latinos, parenting, psychological autonomy, adolescents, self-esteem

Abstract

This study examines several key parenting variables (psychological control, psychological autonomy, and acceptance) in predicting self-esteem among Latino adolescents using structural equation modeling analyses. Nested models are tested and parental acceptance variables are omitted from the model and group gender comparisons are examined. Two variables, maternal psychological autonomy and paternal psychological control, are found to be significant predictors of Latino boys’ self-esteem, whereas psychological autonomy and control (paternal and maternal) are all significantly related to self-esteem among Latino girls. Cultural factors that may have influenced these results are discussed.

Original Publication Citation

Bean, R. A., & *Northrup, J. C. (2009). Parental acceptance, psychological control, and psychological autonomy as predictors of Hispanic adolescent self-esteem. Journal of Family Issues, 30, 1486-1504.

Document Type

Peer-Reviewed Article

Publication Date

2009-06-30

Publisher

Journal of Family Issues

Language

English

College

Family, Home, and Social Sciences

Department

Family Life

University Standing at Time of Publication

Associate Professor

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