Transactional links between social anxiety symptoms and parenting across adolescence: Between- and within-person associations

Stefanie A. Nelemans*, L. Keijsers, H. Colpin, K. Van Leeuwen, Patricia Bijttebier, Karine Verschueren, L. Goossens

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This 4-year longitudinal multi-informant study examined between- and within-person associations between adolescent social anxiety symptoms and parenting (parental psychological control and autonomy support). A community sample of 819 adolescents (46.1% girls; MageT1 = 13.4 years) reported annually on social anxiety symptoms and both adolescents and mothers reported on parenting. Between-person associations suggested that adolescent social anxiety symptoms were associated with higher adolescent- and mother-reported psychological control and lower mother-reported autonomy support. At the within-person level, however, mothers reported lower psychological control and higher autonomy support after periods with higher adolescent social
anxiety symptoms. Our findings illustrate the importance of distinguishing among between-person and within-person associations and including perceptions of both dyad members in longitudinal research concerning parenting and adolescent mental health.
Original languageEnglish
JournalChild Development
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Nelemans, Stefanie A. ; Keijsers, L. ; Colpin, H. ; Van Leeuwen, K. ; Bijttebier, Patricia ; Verschueren, Karine ; Goossens, L. / Transactional links between social anxiety symptoms and parenting across adolescence : Between- and within-person associations. In: Child Development. 2020.
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Transactional links between social anxiety symptoms and parenting across adolescence : Between- and within-person associations. / Nelemans, Stefanie A.; Keijsers, L.; Colpin, H.; Van Leeuwen, K.; Bijttebier, Patricia; Verschueren, Karine; Goossens, L.

In: Child Development, 2020.

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