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Perceived Parenting Styles and Adjustment during Emerging Adulthood: A Cross-National Perspective

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Department of Developmental and Educational Psychology, Universidad de Sevilla, 41013 Sevilla, Spain
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Department of Psychology, Faculdade de Psicologia e de Ciências da Educação da Universidade do Porto, 4200-135 Porto, Portugal
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Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2019, 16(15), 2757; https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph16152757
Received: 11 July 2019 / Revised: 26 July 2019 / Accepted: 28 July 2019 / Published: 2 August 2019
The aim of the present study is to determine whether the influence of parenting style on children’s wellbeing is sustained during emerging adulthood. This is a stage in which young people, despite feeling themselves to be adults, often remain in the family home and continue to be financially dependent on their parents. Moreover, since parents’ beliefs, attitudes and behaviors are constructed and interpreted within their cultural milieu, the study also aims to explore the situation in Spain (SP) and Portugal (PT). Those two Southern Europe countries are representative of what is known as the “family welfare regime”, in which the family acts as the main provider of care and security not only during childhood, but also during emerging adulthood. Thus, the present study examines, from a cross-cultural perspective, the relationship between perceived parenting styles and psychological adjustment among a sample of 1047 emerging adults from Spain and Portugal. The results reveal that the most beneficial styles during this stage are the authoritative and permissive ones, with the authoritarian style being more closely related to psychological distress. The study highlights intercultural similarities and the positive role played by more symmetrical relationships in the adjustment of emerging adults in both countries. View Full-Text
Keywords: emerging adulthood; parenting; psychological wellbeing; psychological distress emerging adulthood; parenting; psychological wellbeing; psychological distress
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Parra, Á.; Sánchez-Queija, I.; García-Mendoza, M.C.; Coimbra, S.; Egídio Oliveira, J.; Díez, M. Perceived Parenting Styles and Adjustment during Emerging Adulthood: A Cross-National Perspective. Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2019, 16, 2757.

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