Childhood Socialization Effects on Adult Ability to Control Impulse

Childhood socialization effects on adult ability to control impulse


Seamus Decker, Zhenfeng Ma, Aida Faber, Laurette Dube

McGill University


We examined the relationship between childhood mother-daughter socialization and adult performance on neuropsychological tests of impulse control with positive and negative valence stimuli (go/no-go affective shifting task). Childhood socialization was measured in 132 women aged 18 to 83 years with the Parental Bonding Instrument (PBI), which assesses perceived parental behavior through age 16 years.  Our findings on the relationship between PBI and impulse control are consistent with prior research, showing that low score on the care dimension and high score on the controlling/overprotection dimension may increase risks for some impulsive and addictive behaviors.  Implications for consumer research are discussed.


Seamus Decker, Zhenfeng Ma, and Aida Faber,Laurette Dube (2006) ,"Childhood Socialization Effects on Adult Ability to Control Impulse", in NA - Advances in Consumer Research Volume 33, eds. Connie Pechmann and Linda Price, Duluth, MN : Association for Consumer Research, Pages: 296-298.


Seamus Decker, McGill University
Zhenfeng Ma, McGill University
Aida Faber,Laurette Dube, McGill University,McGill University


NA - Advances in Consumer Research Volume 33 | 2006

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