Parenting strategies: how they affect adolescents’ degree of life satisfaction

Ilaria Meneghini, Claudia Aloisi, Clara Alosi, Liliana Arena, Valeria Barbagallo, Gabriele Berretta, Moira Biviano, Selene Billa, Maria Teresa Blando, Erika Bonaccorso, Marika Bottino, Lorenza Camarda, Nives Miriam Cassone, Ludovica Cerbone, Andrea Citrigno, Mihaela Kati Corsaro, Ludovica Corvaia, Chiara Costantino, Domenico Cotrone, Francesca Cutrì


Background: According to Self Determination Theory (SDT) emotional self-regulation is a process of gradual acquisition of autonomous regulation capacity, which is influenced by both individual differences and social context in which the person is inserted (Ryan, Deci, 2017). SDT describes emotional dysregulation as a condition in which people are unable to manage their emotions (Ryan, Deci, Grolnick, La Guardia, 2006).
Methods: The aim of this study was to investigate the possible relation between emotional dysregulation and different parenting strategies and how these variables affect adolescents’ degree of life satisfaction in 60 adolescents between 13 and 18 years old. For each of the variables to be investigated, specific self-report scales were administered.
Results suggest that there was a positive correlation between parental psychological control and emotional dysregulation, while a negative relation was found between parental autonomy support and adolescents’ emotional dysregulation. Furthermore, the satisfaction of basic psychological needs, especially autonomy need, was related to life satisfaction in adolescents.
Conclusions: Further implications of these results for understanding the impact of parental strategies on adolescents’ well-being are discussed in the conclusions section of this paper.

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