Motivation for agreement with parental values: Desirable when autonomous, problematic when controlled

Ariel Knafo, Avi Assor

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Abstract

Two studies examined the well-being and parenting correlates of autonomous and controlled motivations for agreement with parental values. We hypothesized that autonomous motivation would be associated with subjective well-being, whereas controlled motivation would be associated with agitation and guilt. Study 1 involved 399 Israeli youth (mean age = 23.8) and Study 2 involved 131 Israeli adolescents (mean age = 16.9). Results of both studies supported the hypotheses. The findings suggest that only autonomous motivation for agreement with parents' values is positively associated with well-being. This effect is over and above the extent of agreement between offspring values and perceived parents' values, and highlights the importance of distinguishing between autonomous and controlled endorsement of values.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)232-245
Number of pages14
JournalMotivation and Emotion
Volume31
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - 1 Sep 2007

Keywords

  • Autonomy support
  • Internalization
  • Motivation
  • Parenting
  • Socialization
  • Values

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