ERIC Number: EJ1051215
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2014-Apr
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 24
Developmental Trajectories of African American Adolescents' Family Conflict: Differences in Mental Health Problems in Young Adulthood
Choe, Daniel Ewon; Stoddard, Sarah A.; Zimmerman, Marc A.
Developmental Psychology, v50 n4 p1226-1232 Apr 2014
Family conflict is a salient risk factor for African American adolescents' mental health problems. No study we are aware of has estimated trajectories of their family conflict and whether groups differ in internalizing and externalizing problems during the transition to young adulthood, a critical antecedent in adult mental health and psychopathology. As hypothesized, latent class growth analysis approximated 4 developmental trajectories of family conflict during high school for 681 African American adolescents (49% boys). Trajectory classes differed in anxiety, depressive symptoms, and violent behavior at age 20, supporting expectations that adolescents demonstrating elevated levels and atypical trajectories of family conflict in high school would report greater mental health problems as young adults. Family conflict jeopardizes African American adolescents' transition to young adulthood by contributing to mental health problems.
Descriptors: Family Environment, Family Relationship, Conflict, Mental Disorders, African Americans, Adolescents, Behavior Problems, Hypothesis Testing, High School Students, At Risk Persons, Anxiety, Depression (Psychology), Violence, Correlation, Young Adults, Interviews, Public Schools, Urban Schools, Statistical Analysis, Grade 9, Grade 10, Grade 11, Grade 12, Multivariate Analysis
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: High Schools; Secondary Education; Grade 9; Junior High Schools; Middle Schools; Grade 10; Grade 11; Grade 12
Sponsor: National Institute on Drug Abuse (DHHS/PHS); Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (DHHS/PHS)
Authoring Institution: N/A
Grant or Contract Numbers: R01 DA007484|5U01CE001957-02|1K01 DA034765