Valentiner, David P.
M.A. (Master of Arts)
Department of Psychology
Parenting behaviors, especially maternal parenting behaviors, have been implicated in the etiology and maintenance of adolescent Social Anxiety Disorder and its symptoms for decades. Following calls from meta-analyses and literature reviews for observational measurement of parenting behaviors and preliminary results from a pilot study reviewed here, this investigation sought to evaluate the utility of the undermining autonomous relatedness (UAR) index of the Autonomy and Relatedness Coding System as a path through which maternal social anxiety symptoms are transmitted to adolescents. A racially and socioeconomically diverse sample of 64 early adolescents (Mage = 12.37; 53.1% White; 64.1% female) and their mothers from the United States participated in the investigation. Participants completed questionnaires and participated in video recorded discussions of hypothetical situations related to peer relationships. Results of the current study did not replicate those of the pilot study. Statistical and methodological explanations for this failure to replicate as well as future directions for research and clinical practice are discussed.
Mick, Cassandra R., "An Observational Study of Maternal Parenting Behavior and Adolescent Social Anxiety" (2022). Graduate Research Theses & Dissertations. 7439.
Northern Illinois University
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