Prediction of risky behaviors in high school students based on psychosocial development ‎and perceived parenting practices

Document Type: Research Paper


Department of Psychology, Astara Branch, Islamic Azad University, Astara, Iran


Background and Objectives: The aim of this study was prediction of risky behaviors based on psychosocial development and perceived parenting practices of parents in high school students.
Method: The study design was descriptive correlational type and the statistical population included of all high school students of Astara city that through them 200 subjects were selected by randomized and targeted sampling. For data collection, the participants responded the questionnaires of psychosocial development, parenting styles and risk behaviors in Persian adolescents. Hierarchical regression was used to analyze the data.
Results: Results of study showed that among the aspects of psychosocial development trust/mistrust (β=-0.205, P<0.05), industry/inferiority (β=-0.204, P<0.05) and identity/confusion (β=-0.215, P<0.05) dimensions and among the practices of parenting permissive (β=0.164, P<0.05), authoritative style (β=-0.147, P<0.05) and authoritarian style (β=-0.185, P<0.01) predict risky behaviors.
Conclusion: So, it can be concluded psychosocial development and parenting practices of parents are an important individual and environmental factors in risky behaviors in adolescents.