Parenting Styles, Jealousy and Family Relations among Adolescents

Author: Shahzad Jamil

Supervisor: Dr. Iram Fatima

Degree: MSc

Year: 2011-2013

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


The present research sought to explore relationship among parenting styles, jealousy, and family relationships. It was hypothesized that authoritative parenting style was likely to relate negatively to jealousy and positively to family relations while authoritarian and permissive parenting styles were expected to relate positively to jealousy and negatively to family relations. Jealousy and family relations were expected to relate inversely. Mediation of jealousy between parenting styles and family relations was also assessed. A sample of 89 male students of 1st year (Mage = 18 years) was taken from different public sector colleges of Lahore. Parental Authority Questionnaire (Buri, 1991), Interpersonal Jealousy Scale (Farooq & Amjad, 2012), and Family Relations subscale of Family Environment Scale (Bhatia & Chadha, 1993) were used. Data were analyzed through Pearson Product Moment Correlation, Regression Analysis and Structural Equation Modeling. Results of the study revealed that authoritarian style of mother was negatively related to jealousy and negatively predicted family relations whereas all other parenting styles had no relationship with jealousy. Only authoritative style of mother predicted the family relations positively. Thereafter, it was found that jealousy was negatively related to the family relations as well as negatively predicted family relations in regression analysis. Finally, jealousy appeared to mediate the relationship between authoritarian style of mother and family relations.

Keywords: Parenting Styles, Authoritarian, Permissive, Jealousy, Family Relations.

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