Parenting qualities and emotional maturity among unmarried youth
Abirami P, Akshayalakshmi VR, Gayathri N, Raghu A
Parenting practices around the world share three major goals: ensuring children’s health and safety, preparing children for life as productive adults and transmitting cultural values. A high-quality parent-child relationship is critical for healthy development. Emotional maturity refers to one’s ability to understand and manage his/ her emotions. It enables them to create the life they desire, a life filled with happiness and fulfilment. The emotional maturity of understanding and having concern for the feelings of others in the youth is affected by the lifestyle changes that we undergo today. This research attempts to find out the relationship between the parenting qualities and emotional maturity of unmarried youth. The sample consists of 151 unmarried youth in the age group of 18 to 27 years in and around Tamil Nadu. Exploratory research design was used. Parenting Qualities checklist, formed by the researchers (2016) and Emotional Maturity Scale-Romr Pal, K. M. (1989) were used for the study. Independent ‘t’ test, ANOVA and Pearson’s Product Moment correlation were used to analyze the data. The results of the study were, the parenting qualities of youth were found to be high regardless of their gender, the type of family they belong to, order of birth and the number of siblings they have. Also the youth, regardless of their gender, family type, birth order and the number of siblings, come under the extremely unstable emotional maturity category. There was no significant relationship between the parenting qualities and emotional maturity of unmarried youth.