Transactional links between social anxiety symptoms and parenting across adolescence

Stefanie A. Nelemans, Loes 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 socialanxiety 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
Pages (from-to)814-828
Number of pages15
JournalChild Development
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 2020
Externally publishedYes


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