The possibility was examined that as children progress through elementary school, their conceptions of parental control change. Elementary-school children's conceptions of parental control in terms of helping, monitoring, decision making, and praising were assessed with self-report methods as were children's conceptions of ability, perceptions of the frequency of parental control, and self-esteem. With grade, children increasingly viewed parental helping, monitoring, and decision making as indicative of incompetence. Older children also viewed parental praising as motivated by parents' desire to promote competence. These conceptions of parental control were associated with conceptions of ability. Children's conceptions of parental helping, monitoring, and decision making moderated the relation between their perceptions of the frequency with which parents exerted control and their self-esteem.
Pomerantz, Eva M. and Eaton, Missa Murry
"Developmental Differences in
Children's Conceptions of Parental Control:
"They Love Me, But They Make Me Feel Incompetent","
Merrill-Palmer Quarterly: Vol. 46
, Article 8.
Available at: http://digitalcommons.wayne.edu/mpq/vol46/iss1/8