11th European Conference of Psychology (ECP), Oslo, Norway, 7 - 10 July 2009
The effects of maternal guilt induction on different aspects of self in children
Ahu Öztürk, F. Melike Sayıl
A growing body of research suggests that parental psychological control practices yield mostly the negative psychological outcomes for children. It might also be the case that at different ages a certain kind of psychological control might be used by parents to control different aspects of self in children. Within a developmental perspective, this study aimed to gather information of the specific links between mothers’ guilt induction practice on the possible children outcomes. Parents completed the 9 item guilt induction scale. Analysis conducted separately for two samples. Although low levels of guilt induction reported for both samples; it seems to be important in predicting a number of child outcomes. Guilt induction facilitates on both positive and negative outcomes; namely guilt induction positively predicts preschoolers’ non-aggressive attributions to socially ambiguous situations (moral self) and negatively predicts child reported academic competency in primary school. These results will be discussed within the related literature.