Young South African adults’ perceptions of parental psychological control and antisocial behavior

Nicolette Vanessa Roman1, Anja Human1, Donavon Hiss1
1Department of Social Work, University of the Western Cape, South Africa
Cite this article:  Roman, N. V., Human, A., & Hiss, D. (2012). Young South African adults’ perceptions of parental psychological control and antisocial behavior. Social Behavior and Personality: An international journal, 40(7), 1163-1174.

Volume 40 Issue 7 | e2325 | Published: August 2012 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.2224/sbp.2012.40.7.1163

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We extended prior research by investigating perceptions of parental psychological control as a contributor to young adults’ antisocial behavior in a sample of 382 South African university students aged between 18 and 25 years. Barber’s (1996) measure of parental psychological control and the Youth Self-Report (Achenbach & Edelbrock, 1987) questionnaires were administered for data collection. A positive relationship was found between parental psychological control and the antisocial behavior of young adults. Additionally, the results of the hierarchical regression analysis suggest that maternal psychological control, compared to paternal psychological control, was a stronger predictor of antisocial behavior.

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