Parental psychological control, quality of family context and life satisfaction among Italian adolescents

Carla Zappulla, Ugo Pace, Marco Cacioppo

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The aim of the study was to explore the unique and common contributions of parentalpsychological control and family functioning to global life satisfaction among Italianadolescents while considering the type of parental psychological control: dependencyorientedand achievement-oriented. 255 adolescents (104 boys and 151 girls) from 15to 17 years of age (mean age = 15.98, SD = .76) completed self-report measures onperceived parental psychological control, dependency- and achievement-oriented,family functioning and global life satisfaction. Correlation analyses indicated thatparental psychological control oriented to both dependency and achievement wasnegatively related to global life satisfaction, whereas global life satisfaction wassignificantly and positively related to diverse dimensions of family functioning, such asaffective responsiveness and involvement, communication, and general healthyfunctioning. Regarding the predictive role of parental psychological control on globallife satisfaction, both dependency- and achievement-oriented control predicted a lowlevel of life satisfaction, whereas among family-functioning variables, only generalhealthy functioning and affective involvement predicted a high level of life satisfaction.Finally, data showed a significant effect of the interaction between achievementorientedpsychological control and two dimensions of healthy family functioning inpredicting life satisfaction among adolescents, with family general functioning andaffective involvement moderating the negative effects of parental psychological controlon life satisfaction: at higher levels of parental achievement-oriented psychologicalcontrol, life satisfaction tended to be higher when family general functioning andaffective involvement were high.
Lingua originaleEnglish
pagine (da-a)179-191
Numero di pagine13
RivistaChild Indicators Research
Stato di pubblicazionePublished - 2013

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