Autonomy with Connection

Patricia K. Kerig, Julie A. Swanson and Rose Marie Ward

in Adolescence and Beyond

Published in print January 2012 | ISBN: 9780199736546
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199932443 | DOI:
Autonomy with Connection

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The developmental psychopathology perspective posits that one of the primary stage-salient developmental tasks of emerging adulthood is the formation of healthy intimate relationships outside the family. However, researchers are still trying to ascertain the specific developmental building blocks that facilitate mastery of this task, and the qualities of parent-child relationships that contribute to adaptive functioning during this transition. This chapter focuses on the development of the capacity for a balance of separation and connection in relationships, termed mutuality of autonomy, and investigates ways in which problems involving parent-child boundary dissolution—particularly, parental psychological control—might compromise the emergence of mutual autonomy during the transition from adolescence to adulthood.

Keywords: developmental psychopathology; adulthood; intimate relationships; mutual autonomy; parent-child; parental psychological control; adolescence

Chapter.  9131 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Developmental Psychology

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