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Mindful parenting is positively associated with adolescents’ life satisfaction: The mediating role of adolescents’ coping self-efficacy


Studies have demonstrated that life satisfaction has a large impact on adolescents’ development. However, adolescence is a period with extensive challenges and stressors that may threaten adolescents’ life satisfaction if they cope with them ineffectively. The current study investigated the effect of mindful parenting on adolescents’ life satisfaction and the mediating role of adolescents’ coping self-efficacy. The participants included 479 parent-adolescent dyads. Data on both parents’ self-reported mindful parenting and adolescents’ perceptions of their parents’ mindful parenting were collected and combined to estimate levels of mindful parenting. The results indicated that mindful parenting is positively associated with adolescents’ life satisfaction and that adolescents’ coping self-efficacy mediates this relationship. Specifically, higher levels of mindful parenting are linked with higher levels of adolescents’ coping self-efficacy, which is in turn positively associated with adolescents’ life satisfaction. These findings shed light on the importance of mindful parenting for adolescents’ healthy development. The theoretical and practical implications of the current study results as well as future research directions are discussed.

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This work was supported by Beijing Natural Science Foundation [Grant Number 9202009]; National Natural Science Foundation of China [Grant Number 71971028]; the Major Project of National Social Science Fund of China [Grant Number 19@ZH050]; and the Advanced Innovation Center for Future Education at Beijing Normal University [Grant number 27900–110631111].

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Zhenzhen Liu participated in study design, performed the statistical analysis, drafted the manuscript, and revised the manuscript; Xiaomin Sun led the study design, prepared the materials and revised the manuscript; Yarong Guo participated in study design and collected the data. Shuting Yang helped to analyze the data and participated in the interpretation of the data. All authors read and approved the final manuscript.

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Correspondence to Xiaomin Sun.

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All procedures performed in studies involving human participants were in accordance with the ethical standards of the institutional and/or national research committee and with the 1964 Helsinki declaration and its later amendments or comparable ethical standards, and were approved by the Institutional Review Board of the Faculty of Psychology at the first author’s institute.

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Liu, Z., Sun, X., Guo, Y. et al. Mindful parenting is positively associated with adolescents’ life satisfaction: The mediating role of adolescents’ coping self-efficacy. Curr Psychol (2021).

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  • Mindful parenting
  • Coping self-efficacy
  • Life satisfaction
  • Adolescence