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The Effects of Mothers' Perfectionism and Psychological Control Behavior on Children's Perfectionism and Children's Depression

  • THE KOREAN JOURNAL OF DEVELOPMENTAL PSYCHOLOGY
  • 2008, 21(3), pp.115-131
  • Publisher : The Korean Society For Developmental Psychology
  • Research Area : Social Science > Psychological Science

Hee-Young Kim 1 PARKSEONGYEON 1

1이화여자대학교

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ABSTRACT

The purpose of this study was how to examine the pathways of mothers' perfectionism and psychological controls on children’s perfectionism and depression. A total of 261 elementary school 5th and 6th grade students and their mothers in Seoul completed questionnaires. Data were analyzed by multiple regressions. As a results, mothers' other-oriented perfectionism influenced directly and indirectly through all of psychological control (love withdrawal, success-oriented psychological control and guilt feeling generating psychological control) on girls' socially-prescribed perfectionism and depression. On the other hand, mothers' other-oriented perfectionism influenced indirectly boys' socially prescribed perfectionism and depression through guilt feeling generated psychological control. To conclude, the effects of mothers' other-oriented perfectionism and psychological control on children's perfectionism and depression were stronger for girls than for boys

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