COHFA | Psychology Panel

Presenter Information

Robert TuckerFollow

Academic Level at Time of Presentation

Senior

Major

Psychology

Minor

Sociology

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Paula J. Wadill, PhD

Presentation Format

Oral Presentation

Abstract/Description

When getting married people may worry about whether their parents will approve of their choice in a spouse. On the other hand, parents may want to be involved in their children’s choice. This study was centered on the question: Is there a correlation between adult children’s perceptions and feelings about their parents and their willingness to accept parental advice on marriage choices? A sample of 248 university students completed a set of questionnaires that measured their willingness to accept parental marriage advice, their overall feelings about their parents, and the health of their family relationships. Willingness to accept parental marriage advice was significantly correlated with parental perceptions and family relationships. The more positive participants felt about their parents and the healthier their family relationships, the more willing they were to accept parental marriage advice.

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Who Should I Marry: Advice from Parents

When getting married people may worry about whether their parents will approve of their choice in a spouse. On the other hand, parents may want to be involved in their children’s choice. This study was centered on the question: Is there a correlation between adult children’s perceptions and feelings about their parents and their willingness to accept parental advice on marriage choices? A sample of 248 university students completed a set of questionnaires that measured their willingness to accept parental marriage advice, their overall feelings about their parents, and the health of their family relationships. Willingness to accept parental marriage advice was significantly correlated with parental perceptions and family relationships. The more positive participants felt about their parents and the healthier their family relationships, the more willing they were to accept parental marriage advice.

 

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