Moral identity and psychological distance: The case of adolescent parental socialization Journal Article uri icon



  • ABSTRACTA mediation model using a sample of 1059 adolescents (56% girls; M age = 16.02, SD = 1.37) tested relations between parenting, adolescent moral identity, and the formation of psychological distance towards others. In short, adolescent moral identity mediated relations between parenting and the ways in which adolescents oriented others in their psychological space. Specifically, adolescent‚Äźreport parenting style dimensions (responsiveness, autonomy‚Äźgranting, and demandingness) were positively related to the formation of both private and public moral identity dimensions (internalization and symbolization), which were in turn associated with a tendency to construct psychological distance towards others (negatively with social dominance orientation and positively with the circle of moral regard). Therefore, one way parents may be able to influence how adolescents relate to their peers is by fostering a sense of moral identity in their children through authoritative parenting.

publication date

  • February 1, 2010

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  • closed

Date in CU Experts

  • January 7, 2023 4:09 AM

Full Author List

  • Hardy SA; Bhattacharjee A; Reed A; Aquino K

author count

  • 4

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International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0140-1971

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1095-9254

Additional Document Info

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  • 111

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