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Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)


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The current cross-sectional study evaluated the relative contributions of parental perfectionism (i.e., self-oriented, other-oriented, and socially prescribed), perceived parental pressure, and organized activity involvement (i.e,. intensity) on depressive symptoms, anxiety, substance use, and life satisfaction in a sample of affluent adolescents. Findings indicated that parental perfectionism, and specifically other-oriented and socially prescribed perfectionism, is an important contextual factor negatively influencing affluent adolescent adjustment. Additionally, perceived parental pressure was found to have robust associations with adolescent adjustment and to explain the link between parental perfectionism and adolescent adjustment. Furthermore, the current study revealed a synergistic association between intensity of organized activity involvement and perceived parental pressure. Results highlighted that affluent adolescents may be differentially impacted by OA involvement, and demonstrated the importance of considering the context perceived parental pressure when examining the extent to which affluent adolescents get involved in OAs and the impact that participation in OAs has on their adjustment.

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