The impact of parenting strictness on adolescents’ state anxiety and the moderation effect of parental marital quality
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In recent years, the well-being of adolescents has received a large amount of attention from academic research and the society in general. A persistent pattern of state anxiety typically indicates serious concerns on mental health, and a failure to address the issue promptly could potentially result in mental disorders in adulthood. In the current research, I examine the potential role of parenting strictness on adolescents’ state anxiety and the moderating role of parental marital quality. A representative sample of Chinese adolescents were collected and their responses were analyzed with sequential regression analyses. The results have largely verified my hypotheses that parental strictness was positively related to state anxiety and that parental marital quality positively moderated such effect. The limitation and implications of the current research is discussed.
State anxiety, parental marital quality, parental strictness