A Meta-analysis of the Association Between Parental Psychological Control and Youth Emotion Regulation

Lauren Beliveau and Dr. Anne-Marie Iselin, Department of Psychology, Elon University, 100 Campus Drive, Elon, NC 27244

This study meta-analytically reviews associations between parental psychological control and youth emotion regulation. Past research meta-analyzed relations between youth emotion regulation and internalizing/externalizing behaviors. We will expand the existing evidence by meta-analytically investigating how strongly emotion regulation strategies relate to parental psychological control across studies that examine youth from culturally diverse populations from several different countries. Our search of empirical articles used three databases: Psycinfo, Medline, and Social Services Abstracts. A table of contents and cited reference search was also conducted. Search terms included all forms of the phrases psychological control, emotion regulation (including specific strategies such as guilt induction, rumination), and youth (e.g., adolescents). Our master candidate list contains 6,955 articles (duplicates removed). We are reviewing these to determine whether they meet inclusion/exclusion criteria. Main reasons for exclusion thus far have been lack of psychological control or emotion regulation, not being a quantitative study (e.g., reviews), and having an adult sample. All studies will be coded on primary effect sizes and moderator variables by February 2021. To ensure interrater reliability, two researchers will independently code all study variables for at least 25% of the articles. First, we hypothesize overall effect sizes (i.e., r) to be small to medium in size with significant variability in magnitude across studies. Second, we hypothesize that variability in effect sizes will be explained by moderator variables coded from characteristics of the studies (e.g., publication type) and samples (e.g., gender, country). Our findings will identify how strong the relation between parental psychological control and youth emotion regulation is across studies (i.e., how generalizable) and highlight variables that impact the strength of that relation (e.g., country). Study implications will guide professionals working with youth with how much emphasis to place on intervening at a parenting level when working to improve youth’s emotion regulation skills.

Additional Abstract Information

Presenter: Lauren Beliveau

Institution: Elon University

Type: Poster

Subject: Psychology

Status: Approved

Time and Location

Session: Poster 10
Date/Time: Wed 1:30pm-2:30pm
Session Number: 6648