Thesis Title: Emotional Autonomy, Self–Criticism and Psychological Wellbeing in Adolescents.

Author: Misbah Tariq

Supervisor(s): Saima Majeed & Farah Malik

Year: 2017

Degree: M.Sc.

University: Institute of Applied Psychology, Punjab University, Lahore, Pakistan

Corresponding Address: Department of Applied Psychology, University of the Punjab, Lahore, Pakistan. Email:, Phone: 92-42-9231245


The present research aimed to find out the relationship among emotional autonomy, self–criticism and psychological wellbeing in adolescents. It was hypothesized that there is likely to be a positive relationship between emotional autonomy and psychological wellbeing, there emotional autonomy predicts psychological wellbeing, and there is likely to be a gender difference in respect with self-criticism that girls are more self-critics rather than boys. Convenient sampling has been used to choose the students from public schools or colleges with age range 13 to 18 years old (Age, M = 15.5, SD = .72). Students participated in the research with their full consent. The Self-report instruments of Emotional Autonomy (EAS; Steinberg & Silverberg, 1986), Self-criticism (FSCRS; Gilbert et al., 2004) and Psychological Well-being (PWS; Ryff, 1989) were used to measure emotional autonomy, self-criticism and psychological wellbeing respectively. The results confirmed a positive relationship between emotional autonomy, self–criticism and psychological wellbeing. According to the results there is a gender difference in the emotional autonomy. Boys are more emotionally autonomous rather than girls. Findings of this study supported the hypotheses that emotional autonomy predicts the Psychological wellbeing. The findings of the present study are speculated to have sound implications in the fields of counseling settings and educational institutes for intervention planned to reduce self-criticism and as well as for the enhancement of emotional autonomy so that it leads higher psychological wellbeing in the Pakistani cultural context.

Keywords: Emotional autonomy, self-criticism, psychological wellbeing.

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