Parental Authority and Parent-Child Relationship Satisfaction


Payton Mannen, Rebekah Holter, Madison Wolf

Faculty Mentor(s)

Sarah Feeney (Family & Consumer Sciences)


Previous literature has found that mental health and parental authority tend to be correlated, but few have looked at parental authority and relationship satisfaction. The current study examined whether parental authority affects the parent-child relationship satisfaction of emerging adults (N=299) by implementing quantitative survey methods. The results indicated that higher parental authority was associated with lower parent-child relationship satisfaction. Findings suggest that there is a need for more research looking at parental authority and relationship satisfaction in emerging adults. Further research on this topic is warranted because the relationships that adults make in their lives have a lot to do with the relationships that they had with their parents growing up.

Keywords: Parental Authority
Relationship Satisfaction
Emerging Adults


1 thought on “Parental Authority and Parent-Child Relationship Satisfaction”

  1. I enjoyed the presentation and learning about the process that was taken to answer the hypothesis! The participants mood was listed as a limitation, how do you three think you could overcome this limitation? Also, what do you three think you could change in the future to get more male participants? I would imagine there are multiple reasons male participants would be difficult to acquire especially with this type of research. Thank you for sharing!

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