Parenting Styles, Thinking Styles and Creativity in Adolescents

Author: Saman Sarwar
Supervisor: Afifa Anjum
Degree: M.Sc
Year: 2014-2016
University: Institute of Applied Psychology, Punjab University, Lahore, Pakistan

The present research aimed to find out the relationship between parenting styles, thinking styles and creativity in adolescents. The sample (N = 200) was comprised of adolescents recruited from different schools and colleges of Lahore. It was hypothesized that parenting styles will predict creativity through mediation effect of thinking styles. A correlational research design was used and sample was collected through convenient sampling technique. Creativity Questionnaire (Smith, 2010) ,  Rumination Response Scale (Nolen-Hoeksema & Morrow, 1991) and Need for Cognition Scale (Cacioppo, Petty & Kao, 2013) were used to measure thinking styles in adolescents whereas Parenting Style Inventory II (Darling, 1997) was used to measure perceived parenting styles. Data was analyzed by using descriptive statistics, Pearson Product moment correlation and Hierarchical multiple regression. The findings showed that both parents responsiveness and autonomy appear to have a negative relationship with adolescents creativity, reflective pondering and need for cognition and a positive relationship with brooding. The results also revealed that mother autonomy predicted creativity through mediating role of brooding (type of rumination) and father responsiveness and mother autonomy predicted creativity through mediating role of need for cognition.

Keywords: Parenting Styles, Thinking Styles, Creativity, Adolescents.
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