The objective of this study is to identify the bidirectional relationship between parenting style and self-regulation among Filipino university studens. The relationship was assessed using the Scale of Parenting Style and Self-Regulation Questionnaire. Statistical results showed that many of the freshmen (48%) and senior (44%) university students have a negligent style for self regulation. It also showed that there is negligible correlation between the parenting style and the self-regulation of senior and freshmen university students (p < .05). It was revealed that freshmen students have poorer self-control, and this is not just due to having uninvolved parents; other factors may play a role. Senior students of the said university today are more controlled with their emotions and behaviours despite having negligent parents, most probably due to other factors such as self-determination. Self- regulation level may be high or low regardless of what type of parenting style the children’s parents may have, because factors, such as self-determination, exist. Recommendations for further studies could be conducted with regard to the other factors for influencing self-regulation, such as assessment of the coping mechanism used by the children who have negligent parents. Other instruments could be used to measure students’ self- regulation to measure the consistency of the results of the present study.
Key words: academic performance, parenting styles, self-determination, self-regulation, university students