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The relation between remembered parental acceptance in childhood and self-acceptance among young Turkish adults


  • Behire Kuyumcu,

    1. Counselling Psychology Department, Gazi University, Ankara, Turkey
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  • Ronald P. Rohner

    Corresponding author
    1. Human Development & Family Studies, University of Connecticut, Storrs, CT, USA
    • Correspondence should be addressed to Ronald P. Rohner, Human Development & Family Studies, University of Connecticut, 348 Mansfield Road, Unit 1058, Storrs, CT 06269-1058, USA. (E-mail:

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  • Kuyumcu collected the data in Turkey. Subsequently, Kuyumcu and Rohner jointly analysed and interpreted the data, and they collaborated on the writing of the article.


This study examined the relation between young adults' age and remembrances of parental acceptance in childhood, and their current self-acceptance. The study was based on a sample of 236 young adults in Turkey (139 women and 97 men). The adult version of the Parental Acceptance-Rejection/Control Questionnaire for mothers and fathers along with the Self-Acceptance subscale of the Psychological Well-Being Scale, and the Personal Information Form were used as measures. Results showed that both men and women tended to remember having been accepted in childhood by both their mothers and fathers. Women, however, reported more maternal and paternal acceptance in childhood than did men. Similarly, the level of self-acceptance was high among both men and women. However, women's self-acceptance was higher than men's. Correlational analyses showed that self-acceptance was positively related to remembrances of maternal and paternal acceptance among both women and men. Results indicated that age and remembered paternal acceptance significantly predicted women's self-acceptance. Age and remembered maternal acceptance made significant and independent contributions to men's self-acceptance. Men's remembrances of paternal acceptance in childhood did not make significant contribution to their self-acceptance. Finally, the relation between women's age and self-acceptance was significantly moderated by remembrances of paternal acceptance in childhood.