Parent Influence in Promoting Purpose: Exploring Parenting and the Development of Purpose in Youth
The intent of this study was to examine the role of parents in adolescent purpose development. In this study, purpose was defined as prosocial intent with personal meaning (Damon, Menon, & Bronk, 2003). The differences in perceived parenting quality and perceived parent-child value similarity and purpose development were examined in this study. Following Damon's (2008) theory of youth purpose, 5 categories were examined in this study. Purposeful youth were expected to perceive greater parenting quality and shared values than the other purpose categories; however, results did not identify significant differences between purpose types on parental measures. Post hoc analyses focusing on purposeful action and purposeful goals found that youth with active engagement in purpose are more likely to report greater parental quality. No differences were identified for youth who had an identified goal (driver) related to purpose with parenting measures. The role of parents as related to the development of purpose is discussed.
Furrow, James L.
Parental influences, Parenting, Parent and teenager, Determination, Personality trait
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