The effect of perceived extreme parents’ rearing attitude on high school students’ self-control

Self-control is the exertion of control over urges, behaviors, desires, or emotions, following rules or inhibits impulsive desires to delay gratification to maximize the long-term best interests of the individual. Self-control has been linked to parental rearing attitude among young children and adolescents. One problematic parental rearing attitude linked to their children’s self-control is overprotective rearing. Previous studies suggested “the paradox of overparenting”, despite the good intentions, the way of overparenting is not associated with positive outcomes for their children which may indeed be linked with results that could hinder the child’s success and well-being. It is implied that overparenting hinder their child from developing psychological dependence and autonomy. However, most of the related research has focused on young children and adolescents, the literature with respect to overparenting and college students’ outcomes are limited. Furthermore, neglective parenting, another extreme rearing attitude of parents, is also known to impede the development of their children. Early studies showed the association between self-regulated learning and parental neglective rearing attitude among young children but findings are limited. This study hypothesized that there are negative associations of extreme parenting (overparenting and neglective parenting) with self-control in high school students and examined the relation with behavioral tasks.