ERIC Number: ED356892
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1993-Mar
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Parental Control of Adolescents through Family Transitions.
Freeman, Harry S.
This 3-year longitudinal study tracked the 2 parenting variables of behavioral control and responsiveness in parents' relationships with adolescent children. The four family types involved in the study were those in which: (1) adolescents had transitioned into a mother-custody household (93 families); (2) adolescents had transitioned into a stepfather household (72 families); (3) adolescents remained in a nondivorced household (317 families); and (4) adolescents remained in a mother-custody household (267 families). In the fall of each year, students completed a self-report questionnaire that included a 15-item behavioral control scale and a 12-item parental responsiveness scale. Analysis revealed that, except for those who had transitioned into a stepfather household, adolescents reported significant declines in behavioral control. African-American adolescents reported the highest levels of behavioral control in all family types. No significant changes were reported in parental responsiveness. The lowest levels of parental responsiveness were reported within Asian-American households. Findings suggest that, for the adolescent child, perceptions of parenting practices are not significantly mediated by changes in family context. (MM)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Spencer Foundation, Chicago, IL.; National Center on Effective Secondary Schools, Madison, WI.; Department of Education, Washington, DC.
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