Ansiedade financeira e parentalidade em pais divorciados
: relação com comportamentos de externalização em filhos adolescentes

  • Maria Sofia Azevedo Paupério (Student)

Student thesis: Master's Thesis


This study, integrated into the project "Economic hardship, parenting styles, and child behavior problems", aimed to investigate the association between financial anxiety, the presence of anxious and/or depressive symptoms in parents, parenting styles (authoritarian, democratic, and permissive), and externalizing behaviors of children and adolescents, in the context of divorce. A sample of 96 individuals, aged between 31 and 59 years, completed an online questionnaire, which included the following instruments: sociodemographic questionnaire, Financial Anxiety Scale (FAS), Brief Symptom Inventory (BSI), Parenting Styles and Dimensions Questionnaire (PSDQ), and Childhood Behavior Checklist (CBCL 6-18). Data analysis was performed using the IBM SPSS statistical software (version The results showed a statistically significant positive correlation between parental depression and the permissive parenting style (r=.245, p=.016), as well as between parental anxiety and the permissive parenting style (r=.268, p=.009). Additionally, it was observed that children’s and adolescents’ externalizing behaviors were positively correlated with both the authoritarian parenting style (r=.309, p=.002) and the permissive parenting style (r=.380, p<.001). Furthermore, it was found, through a simple mediation model, that the permissive parenting style mediates the relation between parental anxiety and children’s externalizing behaviors, as well as the relation between parental depression and externalizing behaviors.
Date of Award5 May 2023
Original languagePortuguese
Awarding Institution
  • Universidade Católica Portuguesa
SupervisorLuísa Ribeiro (Supervisor) & Raquel Matos (Co-Supervisor)


  • Financial anxiety
  • Psychological symptomatology
  • Parenting styles
  • Externalizing behaviors
  • Divorce


  • Mestrado em Psicologia

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