Creator

Sarah Griess

Advisor

Johnson, Brian D.

Committee Member

Mundfrom, Daniel J.

Committee Member

Gonzalea, David M.

Committee Member

Murdock, Jennifer L.

Department

Applied Psychology & Counselor Education

Institution

University of Northern Colorado

Type of Resources

Text

Place of Publication

Greeley (Colo.)

Publisher

University of Northern Colorado

Date Created

12-1-2010

Date Digitized

2010-10-01

Genre

Thesis

Extent

150 pages

Digital Origin

Born digital

Description

The purpose of this study was to investigate differences among positive psychology traits of happiness, hopefulness, and optimism, between three perceived parenting styles in 291 undergraduate college students. It was hypothesized that students identifying with the reared authoritative parenting style would endorse higher levels of hopefulness, happiness, and optimism than the permissive and authoritarian parenting styles. Multivariate and discriminant analyses were conducted to test the hypotheses. Data analysis in this study supported that the perceived authoritative parenting style contributed to higher levels of optimism than the authoritarian parenting style. The development of optimism or lack thereof can become a means of clinical intervention both individually and in providing parenting interventions. Based on the studies relating optimism to coping skills, identifying levels of optimism in students can help provide ideas for clinical intervention. The hypothesis that the perceived authoritative parenting style would contribute to the development of higher levels of optimism than the perceived permissive style were inconclusive due to the limitations of using multivariate analyses. The hypotheses suggesting that the perceived authoritative parenting style would also contribute to the development of higher levels of happiness and hopefulness were not supported in this study.

Notes

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Degree type

PsyD

Degree Name

Doctoral

Language

English

Local Identifiers

Griess_unco_0161D_10055.pdf

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