BS (Social Sciences & Liberal Arts)

Faculty / School

School of Economics and Social Sciences (SESS)


Department of Social Sciences & Liberal Arts

Date of Award

Spring 2023

Date of Submission



Amna Tufail, Visiting Faculty, Department of Social Sciences

Project Type

SSLA Culminating Experience

Access Type

Restricted Access


The primary focus of this thesis is to analyze the link between perceived parenting styles, self-esteem, and social anxiety. A purely quantitative survey was conducted using a convenience sample of young adults between the age of 18 to 25 years. For data collection, an online survey was used which included 100 participants (45 males, 59 females). The Rosenberg Self-esteem Scale, Social Interaction Anxiety Scale, and the Perceived Parenting Style Scale were used. Pearson’s correlation, standard linear regression and descriptive statistics were used to analyze the data. The study hypotheses were proven accurate. The results revealed a significant, negative correlation between self-esteem and social anxiety. Females were found to have higher social anxiety levels, with males having higher self-esteem levels. It was also found that authoritative parenting style was the most common in the sample. Authoritative parenting style had a significant, negative correlation to social anxiety and a significant, positive correlation to self-esteem, while the opposite was true for authoritarian and permissive parenting styles. The positive correlation between authoritarian and permissive parenting style with social anxiety wasn’t statistically significant. On the basis of these results, it was concluded that parents need to be made aware of the long-term impact of their behavior with their children on how they deal with challenging situations at major life junctions.


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