Releasing control: Parents on vacation

Yael Ram, Natan Uriely, Ayala Malach-Pines

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The paper examines the family vacation phenomenon by comparing parents on vacation (n=203) with parents during daily life (n=246) in terms of two psychological constructs: regulatory focus and parenting style. Results revealed that parents in both samples were similar in their 'regulatory focus of promotion' (need for challenges) and 'parenting styles' (permissive and authoritarian), but parents on vacation scored lower on both need for security ('regulatory focus of prevention') and authoritative 'parenting style'. The findings suggest that parents, especially mothers, view family vacation as an opportunity to relax and release parental control. The findings' theoretical and practical implications are discussed.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)232-240
Number of pages9
JournalInternational Journal of Tourism Research
Issue number3
StatePublished - 1 Jan 2014


  • Family vacation
  • Parenting style
  • Regulatory focus

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Geography, Planning and Development
  • Transportation
  • Tourism, Leisure and Hospitality Management
  • Nature and Landscape Conservation


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