Author Yeo, Jasmine Meiluan
Title The relationship between perceived parenting styles, self-reported adult attachment styles and self-esteem of undergraduates in Singapore
Institute Thesis (M.A.) (Applied Psychology) National Institute of Education, Nanyang Technological University
Year 2015
Supervisor Kit, Phey Ling
 
Summary

The relationship between perceived parenting styles, self-reported adult attachment styles and self-esteem was examined in a sample of 121 Asian young adults. It was found that there was a significant relationship between parenting styles and self-esteem, attachment and self-esteem and parenting styles and attachment. There was also a significant difference between maternal and paternal parenting styles and its effect on an individual's self-esteem. Paternal parenting styles seemed to influence an individuals' self-esteem more as compared to maternal parenting styles. A series of multiple regression and bivariate correlations analyses determined that paternal authoritarian parenting style had a negative relationship with self-esteem and secure attachment while both maternal and paternal authoritative parenting style had a positive relationship with self-esteem. Lastly, the results also showed that secure attachment style mediated the impact of fathers’ authoritarian parenting style on undergraduates’ level of self-esteem. The meaning and consequences of parenting styles and attachment styles on self-esteem in an Asian context was discussed. Implications for helping professions working with children, adolescents and parents were also explored.