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Patricia K. Kerig, Marc S. Schulz, and Stuart T. Hauser

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780199736546

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199736546.001.0001

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Autonomy with Connection

Autonomy with Connection

Influences of Parental Psychological Control on Mutuality in Emerging Adults’ Close Relationships

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Adolescence and Beyond

Patricia K. Kerig

Julie A. Swanson

Rose Marie Ward

Oxford University Press

The developmental psychopathology perspective posits that one of the primary stage-salient developmental tasks of emerging adulthood is the formation of healthy intimate relationships outside the family. However, researchers are still trying to ascertain the specific developmental building blocks that facilitate mastery of this task, and the qualities of parent-child relationships that contribute to adaptive functioning during this transition. This chapter focuses on the development of the capacity for a balance of separation and connection in relationships, termed mutuality of autonomy, and investigates ways in which problems involving parent-child boundary dissolution—particularly, parental psychological control—might compromise the emergence of mutual autonomy during the transition from adolescence to adulthood.

Keywords:   developmental psychopathology, adulthood, intimate relationships, mutual autonomy, parent-child, parental psychological control, adolescence

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