Self-Esteem, Marital Conflict, Adolescents, Parenting Styles

Author: Hidna Iqbal Shah

Supervisor: Dr. Saima Dawood

Degree: BS

Year: 2006-2010

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


In the present study, Correlational Research Design was used to assess the impact of Parenting Styles and Attachment Patterns for both mothers and fathers in relational problems with siblings. A sample of 300 adolescents (148 boys & 152 girls) in the age range of 13-16 years was recruited according to the inclusion criteria which was a) they must be living with both their biological parents b) the minimum number of siblings apart from the subject himself/herself should be 3. Purposive sampling technique was used to select participants from different schools based on SES from the allocated UCS of Data Ganj Baksh Town Lahore. Information regarding Parenting Styles, Attachment Patterns and Problems in Sibling Relationships was taken by respondents using Parental Authority Questionnaire (PAQ), Relationship Questionnaire (RQ), Index of Peer Relations (IPR) along with the Demographic Form. The findings of the present study suggested that siblings reported fewer problems in their relationships when their parents were practicing an Authoritative Parenting Style. Furthermore an adolescent who was securely attached to his/her parents indicated less degree of conflicts with his/her siblings. 

Keywords: Attachment Patterns, Adolescents, Siblings, Parenting Styles.

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