This longitudinal study investigates the moderating role of a temperamental trait, the effortful control, in the relation between father’s psychological control and externalizing problems. In Wave 1, the participants included 507 adolescents attending the second classes of two public schools situated in two Italian cities; in Wave 2, 482 adolescents attending the ﬁfth classes of high school participated again in the study. The results demonstrated a positive contribution of paternal achievement-oriented psychological control to externalizing problems and a moderator effect of effortful control in the relationship between the father’s psychological control and externalizing problems. These ﬁndings extend current knowledge on the role of the father in the difﬁcult task of balancing the promotion of individuality without falling into psychological control that can trigger externalizing problems among adolescents, especially when the temperament of the latter does not foresee the availability of self-regulating abilities that mediate disadvantageous reactivity.
|Number of pages||14|
|Journal||JOURNAL OF PSYCHOLOGY|
|Publication status||Published - 2018|
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Business, Management and Accounting (miscellaneous)