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The Mediation Effects of Parenting by Lying on the Relationship between Parenting Stress and Children’s Psychosocial Maladjustment

  • THE KOREAN JOURNAL OF DEVELOPMENTAL PSYCHOLOGY
  • 2023, 36(4), pp.121-139
  • DOI : 10.35574/KJDP.2023.12.36.4.121
  • Publisher : The Korean Society For Developmental Psychology
  • Research Area : Social Science > Psychological Science
  • Received : October 15, 2023
  • Accepted : December 2, 2023
  • Published : December 15, 2023

Oh Seong Hwan 1 Nayen Lee 2 Han Joe Kim 1 Hyun Joo SONG 1

1연세대학교
2Arizona State University

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ABSTRACT

“Parenting by lying” refers to the parenting behavior whereby parents use lies to control their children’s emotions and behaviors. This widespread parenting practice is known to predict psychosocial maladjustment among children. However, few studies have examined the antecedents of this phenomenon. This study is intended to investigate the relationship between parenting stress, parenting by lying, children’s lying to their parents, and children’s psychosocial maladjustment among 195 parents of children aged 6 to 12. The results indicated that parents with higher levels of parenting stress lied more frequently, resulting in increased dishonesty among children toward their parents, ultimately contributing to children’s psychosocial maladjustment. This study is the first attempt to identify parenting stress as a preceding factor for parenting by lying among parents of school-aged children. Limitations and suggestions for future research are also discussed.

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This paper was written with support from the National Research Foundation of Korea.