Positive parenting in adolescence and its relation to low point narration and identity status in emerging adulthood: A longitudinal analysis

Tara M. Dumas, Heather Lawford, Thanh-Thanh Tieu, Michael W. Pratt
2009 Developmental Psychology  
In this longitudinal study, we examined identity development using the life story model (McAdams, 2001) , in addition to a traditional identity status approach, in order to explore the association between perceived parenting in adolescence and the subsequent quality of life story narration in emerging adulthood. Participants (N ϭ 100) were given a battery of questionnaires at ages 17 and 26 years and were asked to narrate a story at age 26 about their most difficult life experience. Low point
more » ... rience. Low point narratives were analyzed for evidence of concluding clarity, resolution, and affective tone, termed coherent positive resolution (Pals, 2006) . Structural equation modeling showed that participants who experienced more positive parenting at age 17 narrated their low points with clearer evidence of coherent positive resolution at age 26. Coherent positive resolution of the low point was also related to concurrent measures of identity achievement and emotional adjustment at age 26. Discussion centers on the potential impact of positive parenting as a contributor to healthy low point narration and identity in emerging adulthood.
doi:10.1037/a0017360 pmid:19899912 fatcat:o3gnay2qknb4jhtcnrt24filty