Flourishing and self-control in adolescence: The role of perceived parenting

Maria MIRANDI, Adriana LIS, Claudia MAZZESCHI, Jianbin LI, Luciana Pagano SALMI, Elisa DELVECCHIO

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Self-control is the ability to control thoughts, emotions, and impulses to pursuit of long-term goals. Adolescents with high self-control experience higher flourishing levels. The latter refers to the fulfillment of needs for competence, relationship, and self-acceptance, as well as the possession of psychological capital such as flow and commitment. High levels of self-control also seem to be linked to a positive relationship with parents, which is crucial in adolescent flourishing. However, few studies investigated the association between flourishing, self-control, and perceived parenting in adolescence. The aim of this study was to investigate how the ability to exert self-control and the need to perceive and preserve a responsive relationship with parents would facilitate adolescents’ experience of higher flourishing levels. The relationships among self-control, adolescents’ perception of some paternal and maternal dimensions (closeness, communication, and parents’ peer approval), and flourishing were analyzed in a sample of 335 Italian adolescents. Self-control was positively correlated with flourishing and the adolescent’s perception of maternal and paternal dimensions. The PROCESS model showed that perceived maternal and paternal dimensions mediate the relationship between self-control and flourishing. These findings show the importance of self-control and parenting dimensions in promoting flourishing during adolescence. Copyright © 2023 by the authors.

Original languageEnglish
Article number6568
JournalInternational Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health
Issue number16
Publication statusPublished - Aug 2023


Mirandi, M., Lis, A., Mazzeschi, C., Li, J.-B., Salmi, L. P., & Delvecchio, E. (2023). Flourishing and self-control in adolescence: The role of perceived parenting. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 20(16), Article 6568. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph20166568


  • Self-control
  • Flourishing
  • Perceived maternal and paternal parenting
  • Adolescence


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