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The Influence of Parenting Styles and Parental Communication on Self-Talk in Young People: A Qualitative Study

Moffit, Lucy M. (2022) The Influence of Parenting Styles and Parental Communication on Self-Talk in Young People: A Qualitative Study. Undergraduate thesis, Dublin, National College of Ireland.

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Abstract

Theorists such as Vygotsky (1986) asserted that self-talk is developed in early childhood and derives from social communication with adults. Previous findings have demonstrated the influence of positive and negative parental statements on self-talk. However, there is a dearth of research pertaining to the influence of parenting styles on self-talk, which are highly influential in a child’s developmental outcomes across the lifespan. This study aimed to investigate the influence of parenting styles on self-talk in young people and whether there are existing commonalities between a young person’s self-talk and the parenting they experienced. A deductive qualitative approach was taken to this study, using semi-structured interviews. A measure of Baumrind’s (1966/1971) typology was utilised as a tool for making comparisons between the transcripts of each participant (N = 8). A reflexive thematic analysis resulted in three overarching themes; (i) The influence of positive maternal communication on motivational self-talk (ii) The absence of responsiveness and its association with negative self-talk (iii) Additional influences; authority figures and cultural values. Parenting styles can be influential on self-talk in young people and maternal communication is often imitated within self-talk. Implications for future directions, such as parental communication workshops, are discussed.

Item Type: Thesis (Undergraduate)
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HQ The family. Marriage. Woman
H Social Sciences > HQ The family. Marriage. Woman > Children > Child Development
Divisions: School of Business > BA (Honours) in Psychology
Depositing User: Clara Chan
Date Deposited: 18 Jul 2022 12:05
Last Modified: 18 Jul 2022 12:05
URI: https://norma.ncirl.ie/id/eprint/5666

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