Autonomous motivation for parenting: Associations with well-being and optimal parenting practices
2012 (English)Conference paper (Other academic)
The present investigation examined motivation for parenting and some of its correlates in parents and children. The data came from a sample of 500 parents who provided self-report data about their motivation in their parenting role as well as reports of role satisfaction, parental competence, child temperament, and parenting styles. Factor analyses revealed two distinct factors reflecting autonomous and controlled forms of parenting motivation. Autonomous motivation refers to investing in the parenting role because it is interesting and meaningful whereas controlled motivation refers to investment based on external or internal pressures. While autonomous motivation was associated with higher self-ratings of parental competence, role satisfaction, higher positive mood and life satisfaction, controlled motivation was negatively related to these well-being indicators. Autonomous motivation was also positively related to an optimal parenting style (authoritative; autonomy-supportive). The present findings highlight the heuristic value of assessing why parents invest themselves in the parenting role.
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IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-80810OAI: oai:DiVA.org:liu-80810DiVA: diva2:548336
5th Annual Meeting of the Society for the Study of Motivation, 24th of May 2012, Chicago, USA
FunderFAS, Swedish Council for Working Life and Social Research, Post-doc