On the link between perceived parental rearing behaviors and self-conscious emotions in adolescents

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Abstract

This study examined relationships between the self-conscious emotions of guilt and shame in both clinical (N = 104) and non-clinical (N = 477) (young) adolescents aged 11–18 years, who completed a questionnaire to assess perceived parental rearing behaviors (EMBU-C) and a scenario-based instrument to measure proneness to guilt and shame (SCEMAS). Results indicated that parental rearing dimensions were positively related to self-conscious emotions. Regarding the non-clinical sample, both favourable (emotional warmth) and unfavourable (rejection) paternal and maternal rearing dimensions were significant correlates of guilt- and shame-proneness. The results for the clinical sample were less conclusive: only maternal emotional warmth and rejection were found to be significantly associated with guilt and shame. Interestingly, no associations between any of the paternal rearing dimensions and self-conscious emotions emerged. Taken together, these results are in keeping with the notion that parental rearing factors are involved in the development of both adaptive and maladaptive self-conscious emotions in adolescents.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1536-1545
Number of pages10
JournalJournal of Child and Family Studies
Volume26
Issue number6
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2017

Keywords

  • Parental rearing
  • Self-conscious emotions
  • Guilt
  • Shame
  • Adolescents
  • PERSONALITY
  • MIDDLE CHILDHOOD
  • DEPRESSION
  • PRIDE
  • Shame
  • SHAME-PRONENESS
  • CHILDREN
  • ANTECEDENTS
  • Parental rearing
  • Guilt
  • Adolescents
  • PSYCHOPATHOLOGY
  • GUILT INDUCTION
  • CONDUCT

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