Parental Acceptance, Parental Psychological Control and Psychological Symptoms Among Sexual Minority Adolescents

Asaf Bebes, Valeria Samarova, Guy Shilo, Gary M. Diamond

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Abstract

This study examined the associations between perceived parental acceptance, perceived parental psychological control and self-reported psychological symptoms among a sample of 234 lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgendered (LGBT) Israeli adolescents aged 14–21 who were recruited online. Multiple regression analyses indicated that higher perceived parental psychological control was associated with higher levels of adolescent psychopathology. Perceived maternal control was more strongly correlated with adolescent psychopathology than perceived paternal control. Perceived parental acceptance was not associated with psychological symptoms, nor was there an interaction with perceived psychological control. These findings suggest a deleterious effect for perceived parental psychological control on LGBT adolescents.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)882-890
Number of pages9
JournalJournal of Child and Family Studies
Volume24
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Apr 2015

Keywords

  • Acceptance
  • Bisexual
  • Gay
  • Lesbian
  • Psychological control

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