Effect of Parental Acceptance/Rejection Assertiveness and Fear of Intimacy

Author: Shahrukh Tariq

Supervisor: Ms. Afifa Anjum

Degree: MPhil

Year: (2009 – 2011)

University: Institute of Applied Psychology, Punjab University, Lahore, Pakistan


The purpose of this research was to find the predictive relationship between fear of intimacy, parental acceptance rejection and assertiveness. It was hypothesized that parental acceptance-rejection and assertiveness are predictors of fear of intimacy while controlling demographic variables. Purposive sampling technique was used. Sample size was 100 (50 males and 50 females students) taken from six different local institutes of Lahore. The participants were students of Graduation and Masters belonging to different fields as arts, science and business. Fear of Intimacy Scale (FIS, Descutner & Thelen, 1991), Parental Acceptance-Rejection Questionnaire (PARQ, Rohner & Khaleque, 2005) and Assertiveness Scale (Goldberg et al., 2006) were used to collect data. Data was interpreted by using descriptive statistics, Pearson correlation and hierarchical multiple regression analysis. Findings suggest positive relationship between fear of intimacy and parental acceptance rejection and negative correlation between fear of intimacy and assertiveness. Regression analysis revealed that parental acceptance-rejection significantly predicts fear of intimacy while assertiveness and interaction of parental acceptance-rejection with assertiveness was not significant predictor for fear of intimacy.

Keywords:  parental acceptance/rejection, fear of intimacy, assertiveness.

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Corresponding Address: Department of Applied Psychology, University of the Punjab, Lahore, Pakistan. Email: chairperson@appsy.pu.edu.pk, Phone: 92-42-9231245

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