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CELEN, Hacer Nermin  and  KUşDIL, Muharrem Ersin. Parental control mechanisms and their reflection on identity styles of Turkish adolescents. Paidéia (Ribeirão Preto) [online]. 2009, vol.19, n.42, pp.7-16. ISSN 0103-863X.

Research has shown that authoritarian parents limit their children's freedom of expression and monitor their children's behavior according to their rules. Children of authoritative families tend to have high self-esteem and refer to internalized norms. Parenting is a cultural product. In this study the model presented is limited in the sense that it does not consider the cultural diversity. We must evaluate the identity not only with perceived parenting style but also within the socio-cultural context. The present study explored the relationships between identity styles and perceived parenting control patterns in late adolescents. Responses of 402 Turkish university students to the Berzonsky's Identity Style Inventory were factor-analyzed, and patterns of correlations between four identity statuses, Steinberg's Authoritative Parenting Scale, and Kağitçibaş1's Authoritarianism Scale and parental education were examined. The findings are discussed in relation to ways of incorporating the cultural context into the study of identity development.

Keywords : identity; adolescents; parents; sociocultural factors; cross cultural differences.

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