Religiosity as a moderator of the links between parental psychological control and children's prosociality

Maayan Davidov*, Maya Oren-Gabai, Islam Abu-Asaad

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Abstract

Three studies examined the links between psychological control and prosociality in middle childhood, and the role of religiosity as a moderator. Study 1 (101 Israeli Jewish families, ages 6–9, 50% girls) found a significant interaction, with a negative association between maternal psychological control and children's prosociality in secular but not in religious families. Study 2 (161 Israeli Jewish families, ages 6–12, 48% girls) replicated this interaction for mothers using a continuous religiosity measure. Study 3 (64 Arab Muslim Israeli families, ages 6–8.5, 50% girls) also found a significant interaction, with a positive link between psychological control and prosociality seen at higher, but not at lower, religiosity levels. The findings suggest that religiosity may alter the meaning and consequences of parenting practices.

Original languageAmerican English
Pages (from-to)e1171-e1185
JournalChild Development
Volume92
Issue number6
DOIs
StatePublished - 1 Nov 2021

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