Parental psychological control, autonomy support and Italian emerging adult’s psychosocial well-being: a cluster analytic approach

Sonia Ingoglia, Cristiano Inguglia, Francesca Liga, Sebastiano Costa

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Abstract

According to a person-oriented approach, the study was addressed to inquire the existence of different groups of emerging adults (EAs) each characterized by distinct configurations of parental psychological control and autonomy support conceptualized in terms of promotion of volitional functioning (PVF) and in terms promotion of independence (PI). At the study participated 476 Italian undergraduate students following the academic track in several south Italian universities. Results showed the existence of four profiles: 1. the Moderate Volitional Dependence cluster; 2. the Moderate Controlling Independence cluster; 3. the Volitional Independence cluster; 4. the Controlling Dependence cluster. In line with the study conducted in Belgium context, these findings confirmed that the lack of independence may or may not co-occur with psychological control. Differently, it seemed that PC and PVF do not appear to be quite incompatible. In fact, not in all the four groups identified, scores of PC and PVF where in opposite direction showing that Italian families tend to engage in practices that reflect the ‘autonomous relatedness’ model in which volitional goals are encouraged along with strong ties and interdependence. Differences between cluster in terms of EAs’ adjustment were investigated. The implications of the findings for future empirical investigation and clinical intervention were discussed.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)37-55
Number of pages19
JournalTHE EUROPEAN JOURNAL OF DEVELOPMENTAL PSYCHOLOGY
Volume17
Publication statusPublished - 2020

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Social Psychology
  • Developmental and Educational Psychology

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