Author: Kanza Irfan
Supervisor: Tehreem Arshad
University: Centre for Clinical Psychology, Punjab University, Lahore, Pakistan
The present study aimed to find out the relationship between
Helicopter Parenting, Self-Silencing and Distress Tolerance in
Medical Students. It was hypothesized that there would be
relationship between Helicopter Parenting, Self-Silencing and
Distress Tolerance. Moreover, helicopter parenting and self silencing were hypothesized as predictors of distress tolerance. Two hundred and thirty medical students (115 male, 115 female)
with age range of 18-22 years (Mage= 20.23, SD=1.11) were
recruited from different medical colleges of Lahore, Pakistan.
Helicopter Parenting and Behaviors scale (Schriffrin, 2013), SelfSilencing: Silencing the Self Scale (STSS; Dana, 1991) and Distress Tolerance Scale (Simons & Gaher, 2005) were self administered to assess helicopter parenting, self-silencing and distress tolerance respectively. Findings revealed that helicopter
parenting was significantly positively correlated with self silencing while self-silencing was significantly negatively correlated with distress tolerance. Moreover, helicopter parenting
was negatively correlated with distress tolerance. Autonomy
support for mother and silencing the self-scale emerged as
predictors of distress tolerance. The present study implicated that
major life decisions of children need to be taken under mutual
consent of parents and their children.
Keywords: Helicopter parenting, Self-Silencing, Distress Tolerance, Medical students.
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