Parent–Child Proximity: Automatic Cognitions Matter

Stefan Stieger*, Martin Voracek, Ingo W. Nader

*Corresponding author for this work

Research output: Journal article (peer-reviewed)Journal article

3 Citations (Scopus)


Individuals’ moving behavior (e.g., residential mobility) is an emerging topic in many scientific disciplines. One specific aspect is the distance between parents and their children (i.e., parent–child proximity). Although determinants and moderators of parent–child proximity can be manifold, we concentrated on the psychological concepts self-esteem and affect by assessing explicit (i.e., conscious) and implicit (i.e., automatic) aspects. Besides well-known correlates of moving behavior (e.g., education), we found that participants (N = 1,765; cross-sectional design) with high positive explicit affect and low negative implicit affect moved further away from their parents’ homes. Therefore, parent–child proximity may not be only based on fundamental sociocultural and socioeconomic needs (e.g., income, family bonds), but also on automatic psychological aspects, such as implicit affect.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)967-978
Number of pages12
JournalSocial Indicators Research
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - Nov 2014
Externally publishedYes


  • Implicit cognitions
  • Moving behavior
  • Parent–child proximity
  • Positive/negative affect
  • Self-esteem

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Developmental and Educational Psychology
  • Arts and Humanities (miscellaneous)
  • Sociology and Political Science
  • General Social Sciences


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