A study of needs satisfaction among adolescent boys in relation to perceived parental characteristics

Rajni Dhingra., Nitu Sharma and Sakshi Mahajan

The present research was conducted to study the needs satisfaction among adolescent boys in relation to perceived parental characteristics. A total of 100 adolescent boys in the age group 16 – 18 years were randomly drawn from different educational institutions of urban areas of Jammu (J&K), India. The major tools used for the study were Standardized Basic Psychological Needs Scale (BPNS) devised by Deci and Ryan (2000) and Perception of Parents scale (POPS) devised by Robin (1994). Data was collected in two phases. During Phase I, Standardized Basic Psychological Needs Scale (BPNS) was administered on the selected sample (n=100 adolescent boys) to identify their level of need satisfaction. Based on the scores of BPNS administered in phase I, a group of 50 adolescent boys divided into two categories i.e. Highly Satisfied (n=25) and Least Satisfied (n=25) were selected for detailed analysis. During phase II, Standardized Perception of Parents scale (POPS) was used to study the relationship between parental characteristics and need satisfaction of selected sample (n=50 adolescent boys). Analysis of data revealed that the adolescent boys derive more satisfaction of their needs related to autonomy, competence and relatedness from relationships than in general terms. When comparing age wise, it was found that needs satisfaction of adolescent boys in general and relationship were decreasing with increasing age. Statistically, there is significant difference between the perceptions of parental characteristics of highly satisfied and less satisfied adolescents. Results showed that the perceived characteristics of parents have significant relationship with the needs satisfaction of highly satisfied adolescent boys than less satisfied adolescent boys. Overall, a positive insignificant relationship between the needs satisfaction of adolescents and perceived parental characteristics of their parents was found.

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DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.24327/ijcar.2018.9124.1494
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