J Korean Acad Child Adolesc Psychiatry.  2016 Mar;27(1):56-63. 10.5765/jkacap.2016.27.1.56.

The Relationship between Parent's and Offspring's Personality and Offspring's Psychological Adaptation

Affiliations
  • 1Department of Psychology, Chungbuk National University, Cheongju, Korea.
  • 2Department of Psychiatry, College of Medicine, Konkuk University, Chungju, Korea. taosea@naver.com
  • 3Department of Psychology, Konkuk University Chungju Hospital, Chungju, Korea.

Abstract


OBJECTIVES
The aim of this study was to examine the relationship between personality of parent and offspring, and offspring's psychological adaptation.
METHODS
We examined temperament and character of 65 parents and their offspring (measured using the Junior Temperament and Character Inventory and Temperament and Character Inventory) and offspring's internalizing (anxiety, depression) and externalizing (delinquency, hyperactivity) problems.
RESULTS
The internalizing problems of offspring were positively associated with harm avoidance (HA) of offspring and parent, and negatively associated with self-directedness (SD) of offspring and parent. The externalizing problems of offspring were positively associated with novelty seeking of offspring, and were predicted by SD of parent. The interaction between parent's HA and offspring's HA predicted higher levels of anxiety of offspring.
CONCLUSION
The association between the offspring's personality and internalizing and externalizing problems can depend on the personality of the parent.

Keyword

Parent; Offspring; Personality; Adaptation

MeSH Terms

Adaptation, Psychological*
Anxiety
Humans
Parents
Temperament
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