Thesis Title: Dysfunctional Parenting Styles, Emotional Regulation and Marital Distress in Married Men
Student Name: Sidra Rani
Supervisor: Shahnila Tariq, PhD
The purpose of the present study was to examine the relationship between dysfunctional parenting styles, emotional regulation and marital distress in married men. It was hypothesized that there would be a relationship between dysfunctional parenting styles, emotional regulation and marital distress in married men. Correlation research design was used. The sample consisted of 110 married men with at least 12 years of education, no age ranges specify. Measure of Parental Style (MOPS; Parker, et, al., 1997), Emotional Regulation Questionnaire (ERQ; Gross & John, 2003) and Marital Discord Scale (Snyder, Whisman & Beach, 1997) were used for data collection. Pearson product moment correlation analysis revealed that dysfunctional parenting styles i.e. indifference, abusive and over control of both parents correlate positively with emotional suppression and marital distress. Emotion regulation i.e. cognitive reappraisal negatively correlates with marital discord. Hierarchal regression analysis confirmed that emotional suppression emerge as positive predictors whereas cognitive reappraisal emerges as negative predictor of marital distress. The findings were discussed in the light of the literature. This research will be beneficial in improving the emotion regulation and parenting styles of the married men.
Keywords: Dysfunctional parenting styles, emotional regulation, marital distress, married men.