Thesis Title: Parenting styles, Religiosity and Moral Development in Adolescents

Student Name: Umama

Supervisor: Sadia khan

Degree: MSc

Year: 2016-2018

Department: Institute of Applied Psychology

University: Punjab University, Lahore, Pakistan

Corresponding Address: Department of Applied Psychology, University of the Punjab, Lahore, Pakistan. Email: chairperson@appsy.pu.edu.pk, Phone: 92-42-9231245

Abstract

The present research was conducted to investigate the relationship among parenting styles, religiosity and moral development in adolescents. Correlational research design was used and the sample comprised of students N = 200 (n = 100 male, and n = 100 female) with age range of 14 to 16 years. The data was collected from government and private schools using non probability purposive sampling technique. Hierarchal multiple regression analysis was used to explore the prediction of parenting styles, religiosity on moral development. Authority Questionnaire (Buri, 1991), Santa Clara Strength of Religious Faith Questionnaire (Plante, & Boccaccini, 1997) and Moral Development Interview Inventory (Khanum & Iqbal, 2008) were used for data collection. The results of Pearson product moment correlation indicated that there were significant positive relationship among parenting styles, religiosity and moral development. Hierarchal regression showed that parenting styles and religiosity predicted moral development. The results of independent sample t-test revealed that there is a gender differences in religiosity and differences in moral development. These finding have important implications in developmental settings as well as in household settings.

Keywords: Parenting styles, religiosity, moral development, adolescents.