Document Type

Thesis

Degree

Master of Science (MS)

Department

Psychology

Advisor's Name

Wendy K. Silverman

Advisor's Title

Committee Chair

Advisor's Name

Jeremy Pettit

Advisor's Name

William M. Kurtines

Keywords

Anxiety, Parental Psychological Control, Parental Acceptance, Parental Acculturation

Date of Defense

1-30-2012

Abstract

The present study examined the relations among maternal psychological control, maternal acceptance, maternal acculturation and youth anxiety within the framework of a (partially) moderated mediation model. The sample consisted of 535 Hispanic-Latino youth (46% girls; M = 9.79 years) and their mothers. The study’s data were analyzed using structural equation modeling in the MPlus statistical software program.

Results indicated that maternal psychological control and youth anxiety are significantly and positively related. Results also indicated that more acculturated mothers were more psychologically controlling than less acculturated mothers. Results further provided evidence for a partial mediational role of maternal psychological control on the relation between maternal acculturation and youth anxiety symptoms. In addition, there was a direct, positive relation between maternal acculturation and youth anxiety symptoms. No significant findings were observed regarding the moderating role of maternal acceptance on the relation between maternal psychological control and youth anxiety. The findings’ theoretical and clinical implications are further discussed.

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