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Perceived Parental Conditional Regard and Autonomy Support as Predictors of Young Adults' Self- Versus Other-Oriented Prosocial Tendencies


  • The author thanks Edward L. Deci and Ryan Acuff for their helpful comments.

Address correspondence concerning this article to Guy Roth, Department of Education, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, P.O. Box 653, Beer-Sheva, Israel, 84105.; E-mail:


ABSTRACT The current research examined the relations of parental conditional regard and autonomy-supportive parenting with levels of internalization and self- versus other-oriented helping tendencies. As predicted from self-determination theory, college students' perceptions of parental conditional regard correlated positively with introjection internalization and self-oriented helping tendencies. Autonomy-supportive parenting predicted fuller internalization and other-oriented helping. Results suggest that the relations between parental practices and prosocial orientations are mediated by the level of internalization that was predicted by each parental practice.