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ERIC Number: ED430194
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1999-Apr
Pages: 26
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The Influence of Parental Monitoring and Support on Adolescent Identity Development.
Sartor, Carolyn E.
This study examines the relationship of adolescent identity achievement to parental monitoring and support. The 1,012 students who comprise the sample were drawn from two administrations of a survey, the first including sophomores and seniors and the second consisting only of seniors from two Catholic high schools in the Washington, DC area. Correlations between predictor variables revealed a significant association of school monitoring, social monitoring, and support monitoring with gender, each of these constructs being higher among girls than boys. Both types of monitoring correlated highly with each other and with parental support. Social monitoring, school monitoring, and support were significantly correlated with identity achievement, but decision-making was not. A multiple regression analysis was used to clarify the relationship between the combined predictor variables and identity achievement. Parental support and monitoring of social and school activities by parents were significant predictors of identity achievement, lending support to the contention that positive parental involvement provides a structure that enables adolescents to engage in identity exploration. Gender differences were not found in identity achievement, despite higher level of parental monitoring and support among girls. Implications of this finding are discussed. (Contains 3 tables and 23 references.) (MKA)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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