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Type of Document Dissertation
Author Clark, Warren G.
URN etd-06072006-124201
Title Parental role behavior, psychological centrality and self-esteem among the elderly
Degree PhD
Department Family and Child Development
Advisory Committee
Advisor Name Title
Mancini, Jay A. Committee Chair
Benson, Mark J. Committee Member
Blieszner, Rosemary Committee Member
McAuley, William J. Committee Member
McDaniel, Janet L. Committee Member
Travis, Shirley S. Committee Member
Keywords
  • Self-esteem
  • Aging parents Psychology.
  • Older people Psychology
  • Aging parents
  • Family relationships
Date of Defense 1993-11-09
Availability unrestricted
Abstract
Previous research has failed to identify a strong relationship between

parental role involvement and self-esteem of parents despite theoretical and

intuitive support for the prediction. An explanatory model of the interaction

between role occupancy, psychological centrality of the role, and selfesteem

among older parents was presented. Data from the National Survey

of Families and Households (NSFH) were used to test a path model

examining the effects of the roles of parent, spouse, and worker, as well

income, age, sex, and health on self-esteem. The data failed to support the

model as presented. Role involvement did not affect self-esteem and

psychological centrality had a direct effect instead of the proposed

interactive effect. Health was the strongest predictor of self-esteem. In

contrast to previous research, age negatively affected self-esteem in this

sample.

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