Journal of Happiness Studies

, Volume 13, Issue 6, pp 1073–1089 | Cite as

Predictors of Psychological Well-Being of Adolescents’ Parents

  • Gordana KerestešEmail author
  • Irma Brković
  • Gordana Kuterovac Jagodić
Research Paper


Informed by theories about processes in families with adolescent children, this study examined the contribution of self-perceived decline in physical and cognitive functioning related to midlife, marital satisfaction, and parent–child conflict to psychological well-being of parents of young adolescents. Parental well-being was conceptualized within Ryff’s multidimensional model, which encompasses six dimensions: Autonomy, Self-Acceptance, Environmental Mastery, Positive Relationships with Others, Personal Growth, and Purpose in Life. In examining relationships between parental well-being and supposed predictors, sociodemographic variables (parental age and education), perceived general life stress, and perceived available social support were controlled for. Participants were Croatian mothers (N = 356) and fathers (N = 328) whose oldest child was transitioning to adolescence. Overall, the patterns of associations between the studied predictors and well-being dimensions were similar for mothers and fathers. The main finding of the study was that individual differences in the psychological well-being of adolescents’ parents may be more attributable to self-perceived midlife changes (particularly for mothers) and marital satisfaction (particularly for fathers) than to perceived level of parent–adolescent conflict.


Psychological well-being Adolescents’ parents Midlife changes Family relations 



This paper is based on data collected within research project No. 130-1301683-1400 (Parents’ personality and parenting during child’s transition to adolescence), supported by Ministry of Science, Education & Sports of the Republic of Croatia.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Gordana Keresteš
    • 1
    Email author
  • Irma Brković
    • 1
  • Gordana Kuterovac Jagodić
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Psychology, Faculty of Humanities and Social SciencesUniversity of ZagrebZagrebCroatia

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