This paper explores the influences of parenting and identity on decision-making style. Although links have been found between certain aspects of (1) parenting and identity, (2) identity and decision-making, and (3) parenting and decision-making, no study prior to this one, has examined all three variables together. In a college sample (N = 136), parental psychological control was found to be associated with ruminative identity exploration and identity distress. In regard to decision-making, Rational Decision-Making style was found to be related to identity exploration and identity commitment, while Spontaneous Decision-Making was associated with parental Psychological Control. A hypothesis that identity would mediate the relationship between parenting and decision-making was tested, and while none of the variables met criteria, the one that came closest was Ruminative Identity Exploration and Identity Distress potentially mediating the relationship between parental Psychological Control and Avoidant Decision-Making. Future studies may want to replicate and explore this possibility further.
Bachelor of Science (B.S.)
College of Sciences
Reyes, Natasha, "The Effects of Parenting and Identity on Decision-Making Styles" (2019). Honors Undergraduate Theses. 493.