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Relationships Between Adolescent Behavioral Autonomy and Parenting Styles

Ceren Musaağaoğlu, Ayşen Güre
2005; 20(55):79-98

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Main purpose of the present study was to investigate the relationships between adolescent behavioral autonomy development and parenting styles. A total of 758 adolescents between ages 12 to 20 participated in this study. The Adolescent Autonomy Scale and The Parenting Style Scale were used for collecting data. Results indicated that all of the male and female age groups except early adolescent females, responsiveness dimension of parenting style significantly predicted adolescents' behavioral autonomy. Furthermore, autonomy dimension of parenting style significantly predicted early and middle adolescent females' behavioral autonomy. Furthermore, adolescents who described their parents as authoritative showed more behavioral autonomy than adolescents who described their parents as autoritarian and permissive-indulgent; adolescents who described their parents as permissive-indulgent showed more behavioral autonomy than adolescents who described their parents as permissive-neglectful and autoritarian.

Keywords: Behavioral autonomy,parenting style, adolescence