Publication Date

Spring 4-21-2020


School of Behavioral Sciences




parental nurturance, anxiety, college students, emerging adulthood


Child Psychology | Developmental Psychology | Social Psychology


Parental nurturance is important for individuals in childhood, adolescence, and emerging adulthood. In general, high levels of parental nurturance helps individuals to be well-adjusted. However, anxiety disorders are prevalent among emerging adults, so the present study investigated a potential correlation between parental nurturance and college student anxiety. Participants consisted of undergraduate students who were at least 18 years old and enrolled in at least one psychology course. They were asked to complete the Parental Nurturance Scale and Overall Anxiety Severity and Impairment Scale. The results indicated a significant negative correlation between the two variables. Specifically, increases in parental nurturance were correlated with decreases in anxiety levels, and the results supported multiple prior studies that examined the relationship between parental nurturance and overall well-being. Since parental nurturance seems to have a significant relationship with anxiety in college students, counselors and university faculty should be educated about the correlation between the two variables.