Poster Title

The Relationship between Self-Construal and Parenting Practices

Grade Level at Time of Presentation

Senior

Institution

Eastern Kentucky University

KY House District #

40

KY Senate District #

44

Department

Psychology Dept.

Abstract

Two studies examined the link between participants’ physical and relational self-construal, and their physical and relational parenting practices. We predicted that the type of self-construal would correlate with the corresponding type of parenting practices when participants thought about parenting hypothetically (Study 1) and in their own lives (Study 2). Participants completed an online survey that assessed their self-construal and their hypothetical or actual parenting practices. For hypothetical parenting, physical self-construal correlated positively with both physical and relational parenting practices. For actual parenting, relational self-construal and parenting practices were correlated positively. Experience in parenting influenced participants to show greater consistency between their relational self-construal and their relational parenting practices than they showed when thinking about parenting hypothetically.

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The Relationship between Self-Construal and Parenting Practices

Two studies examined the link between participants’ physical and relational self-construal, and their physical and relational parenting practices. We predicted that the type of self-construal would correlate with the corresponding type of parenting practices when participants thought about parenting hypothetically (Study 1) and in their own lives (Study 2). Participants completed an online survey that assessed their self-construal and their hypothetical or actual parenting practices. For hypothetical parenting, physical self-construal correlated positively with both physical and relational parenting practices. For actual parenting, relational self-construal and parenting practices were correlated positively. Experience in parenting influenced participants to show greater consistency between their relational self-construal and their relational parenting practices than they showed when thinking about parenting hypothetically.