Aim. Parental self-critical perfectionism has been identified as an significant source of parents’ psychologically managing parenting. Nevertheless, it remains unclear how this properly-established affiliation can be stated. This analyze aims to progress insight in the affiliation involving parental self-critical perfectionism and psychological management by addressing the job of parental reflective functioning among parents of adolescents. Layout. This cross-sectional analyze included 268 adolescents (Mage = 15.14 years, 50.7% feminine), mothers (Mage = 45.83 years), and fathers (Mage = 47.77 years). Mother and father concluded questionnaires assessing self-critical perfectionism, parental reflective functioning, psychologically managing parenting, and their child’s problem behaviors. In addition, adolescents rated their parents’ use of psychological management. Effects. Self-critical perfectionism similar both of those immediately and indirectly, by means of parents’ pre-mentalization, to psychological management among mothers and fathers. Most associations remained significant when managing for adolescent problem behaviors. Conclusions. This incapacity to reflect on the adolescent’s psychological world, and the tendency to make maladaptive attributions about the adolescent’s inner states, make parents with significant degrees of self-critical perfectionism susceptible to rely on psychologically managing parenting.