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Rebels with a cause? Adolescent defiance from the perspective of reactance theory and self-determination theory

Stijn Van Petegem (UGent) , Bart Soenens (UGent) , Maarten Vansteenkiste (UGent) and Wim Beyers (UGent)
(2015) CHILD DEVELOPMENT. 86(3). p.903-918
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The present investigation focused on adolescents' defiance against parents by drawing upon psychological reactance theory (Brehm, 1966) and self-determination theory (Ryan & Deci, 2000). Psychological reactance would be elicited when freedom is taken away, thereby motivating individuals to engage in oppositional behavior. Throughout four studies (total N = 1,472, age ranging between 12 and 21 years), it was examined whether a controlling parenting style related to adolescents' experiences of autonomy need frustration (i.e., pressure) and reactance. Reactance, in turn, would relate to more externalizing and internalizing problems. Support was obtained for these associations in community and clinical samples, making use of different informants, and controlling for responsiveness and rule setting. A vignette-based study provided further support. The discussion highlights theoretical and clinical implications.
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PARENTAL CONTROL, AFRICAN-AMERICAN ADOLESCENTS, EXTERNALIZING BEHAVIOR, CHILD, CONSTRUCT, PERCEPTIONS, AUTONOMY, CONTEXT, VALUES, SCHOOL

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Van Petegem, Stijn, Bart Soenens, Maarten Vansteenkiste, et al. “Rebels with a Cause? Adolescent Defiance from the Perspective of Reactance Theory and Self-determination Theory.” CHILD DEVELOPMENT 86.3 (2015): 903–918. Print.
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Van Petegem, Stijn, Soenens, B., Vansteenkiste, M., & Beyers, W. (2015). Rebels with a cause? Adolescent defiance from the perspective of reactance theory and self-determination theory. CHILD DEVELOPMENT, 86(3), 903–918.
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Van Petegem, Stijn, Bart Soenens, Maarten Vansteenkiste, and Wim Beyers. 2015. “Rebels with a Cause? Adolescent Defiance from the Perspective of Reactance Theory and Self-determination Theory.” Child Development 86 (3): 903–918.
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Van Petegem, Stijn, Bart Soenens, Maarten Vansteenkiste, and Wim Beyers. 2015. “Rebels with a Cause? Adolescent Defiance from the Perspective of Reactance Theory and Self-determination Theory.” Child Development 86 (3): 903–918.
Vancouver
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Van Petegem S, Soenens B, Vansteenkiste M, Beyers W. Rebels with a cause? Adolescent defiance from the perspective of reactance theory and self-determination theory. CHILD DEVELOPMENT. 2015;86(3):903–18.
IEEE
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S. Van Petegem, B. Soenens, M. Vansteenkiste, and W. Beyers, “Rebels with a cause? Adolescent defiance from the perspective of reactance theory and self-determination theory,” CHILD DEVELOPMENT, vol. 86, no. 3, pp. 903–918, 2015.
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  author       = {Van Petegem, Stijn and Soenens, Bart and Vansteenkiste, Maarten and Beyers, Wim},
  issn         = {0009-3920},
  journal      = {CHILD DEVELOPMENT},
  keywords     = {PARENTAL CONTROL,AFRICAN-AMERICAN ADOLESCENTS,EXTERNALIZING BEHAVIOR,CHILD,CONSTRUCT,PERCEPTIONS,AUTONOMY,CONTEXT,VALUES,SCHOOL},
  language     = {eng},
  number       = {3},
  pages        = {903--918},
  title        = {Rebels with a cause? Adolescent defiance from the perspective of reactance theory and self-determination theory},
  url          = {http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/cdev.12355},
  volume       = {86},
  year         = {2015},
}

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