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JRCRS. 2013; 1(1): 28-33

Perceived Parental Acceptance, Perceived Spousal Acceptance and Psychological Adjustments in Pakistani Adults

Sana Amjad Kiyani, Nafeesa Sireer.

Background: Pakistan is a third world country with less literacy rate and different economics as compare with the developed countries, and we are facing a lot of psychosocial problems, which affect the psychological adjustments in our adult population.
Objective: A non-experimental, co-relational study was designed to find out the relationship between the parental acceptance and spousal acceptance and the effect of their acceptance on the psychological adjustment of married adults. Also find out the gender differences in perception of parental and spousal acceptance and psychological adjustment.
Methodology: The data was collected from different government and non-government organizations of Rawalpindi by using non-probability (purposive convenient) sampling technique. The sample of the study consisted of 100 married individuals (51 males, 49 females). The Parental Acceptance Rejection Questionnaire, Intimate Adult Relationship Questionnaire and Personality Assessment Questionnaire were used to measure the parental acceptance, spousal acceptance and psychological adjustment, respectively.
Results: In the present study, the data was analyzed through SPSS (Statistical Package for Social Sciences) using Bivariate Correlations as well as t-test to find out the correlations and gender differences. It was found that married individuals who perceived their father and mother as loving and caring in their childhood also perceived their spouse as accepting in their latter life. And those who perceived their parents as accepting were better adjusted psychologically. Married individuals who perceived their spouses as accepting were well adjusted psychologically. They have high self-esteem, self-adequacy and emotional stability.
Conclusion: On the basis of the findings of present study, it was concluded that perceived parental acceptance, perceived spousal acceptance and psychological adjustment have significant positive relationship with each other. The present study signifies the importance of parent child relation and also highlights the need for developing training program for parenting.

Key words: Intimate partner acceptance; parental acceptance; psychological adjustment; attachment relationships. (JRCRS 2013; 1:28-33)

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