- 公益社団法人 日本心理学会
- 心理学研究 (ISSN:00215236)
- vol.91, no.6, pp.388-397, 2021-02-25 (Released:2021-02-25)
This study examined the effects of the implicit theory of intelligence and parenting ability on mental health. We conducted an internet survey of 824 parents who lived with their school-age children in elementary or junior high school, in which they rated the severity of parenting stressors they experienced, their mental distress from parenting, their subjective health, and their implicit theories about the plasticity of intelligence and parenting ability. Results indicated that a stronger fixed theory of parenting (i.e., belief that parenting ability is unchangeable) was related to less subjective health as well as a stronger relationship between the severity of a parenting stressor and the mental distress they experienced from parenting. Moreover, more fixed views of intelligence corresponded with greater mental distress from parenting and poorer health. These results suggest that incremental theories about parenting and intelligence might mitigate the negative effects of parenting stressors and reduce the risk of deteriorating mental health.