Parent-adolescent relationships and social adjustment: The case of a collectivistic culture

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This study examined how parent-adolescent relationships are related to adolescent loneliness, interpersonal difficulties and school adjustment among Israeli Arabs. Two hundred and thirty-one 11th graders (103 boys and 128 girls) and their homeroom teachers participated. Four groups of adolescents were identified according to parenting practice profiles: Adolescents in the harsh parenting group reported the highest levels of loneliness, those in the distant and mixed groups reported midway levels of loneliness, and those in the warm group showed the lowest degree of loneliness and the lowest levels of interpersonal problems. Overall, boys reported higher levels of peer-related loneliness and lower levels of affinity for aloneness than girls. Gender interacted significantly with parenting group, with girls in the harsh parenting group exhibiting greater parent-related loneliness and affinity for loneliness, while boys exhibited more peer-related loneliness. The important role that parents play in their children's social adjustment is discussed in relation to gender and culture.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)177-190
Number of pages14
JournalInternational Journal of Psychology
Issue number3
StatePublished - Jun 2011


  • Adjustment
  • Culture
  • Loneliness
  • Parent-adolescent relationships

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Psychology
  • Arts and Humanities (miscellaneous)


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