A study on parent child relationship as perceived by adolescents

Sunita Chouhan, Bharti Bhatnagar


In tracing the development or the evolution of the organism from one state to another
such as infancy, childhood, adolescence and so on, as synonyms sometimes with
socialization, Freud focuses his attention on many developmental concepts such as
libido, infantile sexuality, Oedipus or castration complexes as related to and developed
out of the relationship with the family. Difference between one family and another
then comes to be viewed as a major source of variation from individual to individual
in the aspect of personality and social psychological development of children. The
basic principle underlying a study of parental factor is that the parents act differentially
toward their children depending on the sex of the child which is a common observation.
Therefore the present study was undertaken to asses and compare selected dimensions
of parent-child relationship of adolescent boys and girls (12-18 years) studying in
Govt. Senior Secondary Schools of Bikaner city (Rajasthan). The total sample for the
present study consisted of randomly selected 180 adolescents (90 boys and 90 girls)
from six randomly selected Government Senior Secondary Schools.The result revealed
that most of the boys and girls perceived their parent-child relationship under sometimes
level regarding selected dimensions of parent-child relationship. There was no
significance difference between the perception of boys in comparison to girls at 5 per
cent and 1 per cent level of significance. It also shows that mean score of sometime
level of boys was comparatively slightly higher than mean score of girls. There was
no significant difference found between overall parent-child relationship of boys and
girls. Thus it can be concluded that adolescents under study felt that their parents
attitude and behaviour towards them was mediocre, i.e. their parents were neither too
much protecting, loving etc. not too much neglecting, rejecting, demanding etc.


Parent-child relationship, Perception, Adolescents, Socialization


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