Adolescents, Parenting, Outcomes, Family, Parent-Adolescent Relationships
The purpose of this study is to examine a multivariate model of parent-adolescent relationship variables, including parenting, family environment, expectations and conflict. These variables are examined simultaneously to investigate their relationships with adolescent adjustment in early adolescence. The sample for the current study consists of 710 culturally diverse participants who range in age from 11- to 14-years and who attend a middle school in a Southeastern state. Of these participants, 487 have a mother and father who participated in this study as well. Correlation analyses indicate that parental warmth and overprotection, family cohesion and adaptability, developmental expectations, and conflict are significant predictors of internalizing and externalizing behavior problems in early adolescents. Structural equation modeling analyses indicate that fathers' parenting behaviors may not predict directly externalizing behavior problems in males and females but instead may act through conflict; more direct relationships exist when examining mothers' parenting behaviors. The impact of parenting, family environment, conflict, and sex on early adolescents' internalizing and externalizing behavior problems are emphasized.
Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.)
College of Sciences
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Doctoral Dissertation (Open Access)
McKinney, Cliff, "A Multivariate Model Of Parent-adolescent Relationship Variables In Early Adolescence" (2009). Electronic Theses and Dissertations. 3953.