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Telling Our Stories: Perceptions of Parental Conditional Regard and their Effects on Narrative Identity and Well-Being

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Title: Telling Our Stories: Perceptions of Parental Conditional Regard and their Effects on Narrative Identity and Well-Being
Author: Klein, Alexandra
Advisor: Lilgendahl, Jennifer L.
Department: Haverford College. Dept. of Psychology
Type: Thesis (B.A.)
Running Time: 217580 bytes
Issue Date: 2007
Abstract: Conditional regard from parents has been shown to negatively affect children’s self-esteem and well-being. However, the mechanism by which this occurs has never been elucidated. This question was explored by analyzing the self-defining memory narratives of 45 undergraduate students at Haverford College for autobiographical reasoning, to assess whether it may be the mediating factor between parental conditional regard and measures of self-concept. Parental conditional regard (PCR) was found to correlate with lacking positive, growth oriented autobiographical reasoning as well as the presence of mixed, ambivalent and confused autobiographical reasoning. Additionally, PCR was found to correlate with negative emotional valence of narratives as well as the rejection of parental ideals for participants’ identity. The mediation of autobiographical reasoning between PCR and measures of self-concept was not found, but a number of unpredicted correlations, specifically that between of high levels of PCR and rejection of parental ideals, provide a promising avenue for future research on the effects of parents on children’s development of positive, coherent narrative identity.
Subject: Parental acceptance
Subject: Identity (Psychology) in children
Terms of Use: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/3.0/us/
Permanent URL: http://hdl.handle.net/10066/1004

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Klein, Alexandra. "Telling Our Stories: Perceptions of Parental Conditional Regard and their Effects on Narrative Identity and Well-Being". 2007. Available electronically from http://hdl.handle.net/10066/1004.

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