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ERIC Number: EJ1086065
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2016-Feb
Pages: 16
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0272-4316
The Moderating Role of Friendship Quality on Associations between Autonomy and Adolescent Adjustment
Collibee, Charlene; LeTard, Amanda J.; Aikins, Julie Wargo
Journal of Early Adolescence, v36 n2 p251-266 Feb 2016
Both autonomy and friendship quality have consistently been associated with adolescent adjustment. To date, the potentially moderating role of peer relationships in the context of autonomy achievement has received less attention. The present study used observational and quantitative data, as well as multiple reporters, to examine interactions between adolescent friendship quality and observed autonomy among 57 ninth-grade students (42 female). Friendship quality moderated the association between autonomy and relatedness and adjustment outcomes. Specifically, for those adolescents with high levels of friendship quality, autonomy and relatedness as well as undermining of autonomy were not associated with adjustment. In contrast, friendship quality functioned as a protective factor for adolescents with low levels of autonomy and relatedness or higher levels of undermining autonomy. Results evidenced the protective function of peer relationships in the context of restricted autonomy.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Grade 9; Junior High Schools; Middle Schools; Secondary Education; High Schools
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: Child Behavior Checklist
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