The Association Between Perceived Parenting Styles and Aggression in Mexican American Young Adults
The relationship between parenting styles and aggression in children has recently received ample attention throughout the psychological literature, with some aspects of this relationship yielding consistent results while others involve more complex dynamics that require further exploration. One factor that may influence both parenting styles and aggression is culture. While many researchers have investigated the relationship between culture and parenting styles, as well as the relationship between culture and aggression, there appears to be a lack of research investigating the relationship and interactions among these three constructs. It is important to further explore the relationship between perceived parenting styles and aggression to understand the negative consequences that can result during young adulthood from exhibiting aggressive behaviors during primordial days. Given that research on this topic with Mexican American young adults is scarce, and the influence of parenting styles, and perceived parenting styles, that has often been found in the literature may not be applicable due to differences in culture, and levels of acculturation. The purpose of the present study was to investigate the relationship between perceived parenting styles and aggression in young adults of Mexican descent, as moderated by individual differences in acculturation. Results indicated that perceived permissive and authoritative parenting, in interaction with acculturation are significant predictors of aggression. Perceived authoritarian and permissive parenting styles also significantly predict aggression.