Mothers’ and fathers’ autonomy-supportive and controlling behaviors : an analysis of interparental contributions

Authors: Guay, FrédéricRatelle, CatherineDuchesne, StéphaneDubois, Pascale
Abstract: Objective. The goal of this study was to examine how mothers and fathers contribute to each other’s autonomy supportive and controlling behaviors toward their child. Design. The participants were heterosexual parental dyads from two prospective studies (Study 1, n =289; Study 2, n = 202). Mothers and fathers completed questionnaires assessing their autonomy supportive and controlling behaviors toward their adolescent child. Results. In both studies, results from structural equation modeling revealed reciprocal partner effects where mothers’ autonomy support at Time 1 predicted fathers’ autonomy support at Time 2, and fathers’ autonomy support at Time 1 predicted mothers’ autonomy support at Time 2. Reciprocal partner effects were also observed for controlling behaviors. These reciprocal relations were not statistically different across mothers and fathers. Conclusions. These results provide support for interparental contributions regarding autonomy supportive and controlling parenting behaviors. Mothers and fathers should thus be aware that their parenting behaviors can be influenced by each other, including both positive and negative parenting behaviors
Document Type: Article de recherche
Issue Date: 9 January 2018
Open Access Date: 28 March 2019
Document version: AM
Permalink: http://hdl.handle.net/20.500.11794/34159
This document was published in: Parenting, science and practice
http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/15295192.2017.1337461
Alternative version: 10.1080/15295192.2017.1337461
Collection:Articles publiés dans des revues avec comité de lecture

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