Jonathan S. Gore
Three studies examined the link between participants’ physical and relational self-construal, and their child rearing choices. We predicted that the type of self-construal would positively correlate with the corresponding parenting intentions (Study 1) and actual practices (Study 2 and 3). Participants in Study 1 were undergraduate students (n = 150) and participants in Studies 2 and 3 were parents recruited from SurveyMonkey (n = 173; 214). In all three studies participants completed an online survey that assessed their self-construal and their hypothetical or actual parenting choices. All three studies showed that physical self-construal was positively correlated with physical parenting decisions. Study 2 and 3 indicated that relational self-construal and relational parenting decisions were correlated positively. Self-construal is an important factor to consider for of intended child rearing compared to actual parenting; there are other factors to consider in actual parenting practices.