Publication Date

2018

Document Type

Dissertation/Thesis

First Advisor

Mounts, Nina S.

Degree Name

Ph.D. (Doctor of Philosophy)

Department

Department of Psychology

LCSH

Developmental psychology

Abstract

In the current study, the relationship between observed autonomy-relatedness behaviors and emotional climate was investigated. Adolescents between the ages of 10 and 15 and their mothers were coded for behavioral indicators of exhibiting and inhibiting autonomy-relatedness, and these codes were analyzed in relation to self-reported warmth and rigid control and their association with adolescent outcomes of self-worth and internalizing problems. The findings reveal that discrepancies in the levels of adolescents' and mothers' autonomy-relatedness behaviors were associated with poorer adolescent outcomes. Perceptions of maternal warmth were consistently related to positive adolescent outcomes. Autonomy restricting behaviors were frequently associated with positive adolescent outcomes, contrary to hypotheses. Results suggest that future research should investigate levels of each dyad member's autonomy exhibiting and autonomy inhibiting behaviors separately.

Comments

Advisors: Nina S. Mounts.||Committee members: Julia Ogg; Bradford Pillow; Patricia Wallace.||Includes illustrations.||Includes bibliographical references.

Extent

155 pages

Language

eng

Publisher

Northern Illinois University

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In Copyright

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Text

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