2021 Student Research Conference:
34th Annual Student Research Conference

The Interaction of Parenting Style and Subjective Well-Being with Relationships as a Mediator


Alyssa M. Morris* and Emma L. Zahner
Dr. Yuna Ferguson, Faculty Mentor

The subject of raising children is a significant concern for parents and their children alike. Boiled down to issues of demandingness and responsiveness, research points to parenting style that is authoritative in nature (that is, warm and supportive but with high expectations) as the ideal. 85 college students were surveyed on their perceptions of their parents, success in their own social relationships, as well as their overall adult well-being. We found that participants’ perceptions of authoritative parenting style significantly predicted both high levels of life satisfaction and well-being as well as more supportive and strong relationships. Additionally, social relationships correlated independently with well-being. Perhaps most significant is our finding that strong relationships mediated the link between authoritative parenting and well-being in adulthood, a finding that opens new doors into the study of how we raise our children.

Keywords: parenting style, social relationships, well-being

Topic(s):Psychology

Presentation Type: Asynchronous Virtual Oral Presentation

Session: 18-4
Location: https://flipgrid.com/fc0c5b54
Time: 0:00

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