Factors that Differentiate Preadolescents' Perception-Change of Parental Legitimacy

  • Laura C. Edwards Taylor University
  • Herbert Rodrigues Missouri State University
  • Kendra J. Thomas University of Indianapolis


Whether preadolescents perceive their parents’ authority as legitimate or not depends, in part, on the concerns and issues that they have dealt with before and during their preadolescence. Utilizing data from the first and second waves of the São Paulo Legal Socialization Study (SPLSS), we conducted one-way MANOVAs to analyze the role of procedural justice and the impact of victimization on preadolescents’ perceptions of parental legitimacy across domains. Preadolescents were split into four distinct groups based on their perceptions of parental legitimacy and whether the perception shifted across the two waves of data. The study revealed a significant difference across groups in terms of procedural justice and on preadolescents’ reported victimization levels. The latter indicate that suffering some form of victimization may have resulted in delegitimizing parental authority. The findings broaden the literature on parenting practices in preadolescence and make salient an emerging field of victimization impacting parental legitimacy.


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Author Biographies

Laura C. Edwards, Taylor University

Assistant Professor, Psychology

Herbert Rodrigues, Missouri State University

Adjunct Professor, Department of Sociology and Anthropology

Kendra J. Thomas, University of Indianapolis

Assistant Professor, Psychology

How to Cite
Edwards, L. C., Rodrigues, H., & Thomas, K. J. (2020). Factors that Differentiate Preadolescents’ Perception-Change of Parental Legitimacy. International Journal of Child, Youth and Family Studies, 11(1), 23-45. https://doi.org/10.18357/ijcyfs111202019472