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Parental Acceptance–Rejection Theory

Parents’ interactions with their children have long-lasting consequences for individuals, including psychological development. Although many hypotheses about the role of parents in the healthy development of their children exist, parental acceptance–rejection theory (PARTheory) provides a comprehensive conceptualization of the influence of parental acceptance and rejection on children. Accepting parents are defined as those who demonstrate physical and verbal behaviors that make their children feel loved. Rejecting parents display hostile or neglectful behaviors toward their children, which prevent their children from feeling accepted and loved.

PARTheory is a theory of socialization that attempts to explain the causes of parental rejection and acceptance of their children and consequences for children as a result of parental acceptance or rejection. It provides insight into the psychological, environmental, and coping mechanisms ...

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