ERIC Number: EJ768650
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007-Aug
Reference Count: 44
Structural and Dynamic Process Family Risk Factors: Consequences for Holistic Adolescent Functioning
Matjasko, Jennifer L.; Grunden, Leslie N.; Ernst, Jody L.
Journal of Marriage and Family, v69 n3 p654-674 Aug 2007
This study utilized a dynamic cumulative family risk model to explain changes in adolescent functioning. We used a person-centered approach to detect patterns of academic, emotional, and behavioral functioning and the stability of these patterns using two waves of the National Longitudinal Study of Adolescent Health (N = 10,173). Four adjustment profiles emerged at both time points. Although most (91%) adolescents remained in the same classifications at both waves, some experienced shifts in functioning. Changes in family process risk factors predicted these shifts in adjustment, whereas changes in structural risk factors predicted stable adjustment. We concluded that even short-term changes in family processes are significant sources of risk for some adolescents.
Descriptors: Adolescents, Family (Sociological Unit), Risk, Adjustment (to Environment), Change, Family Influence, Behavior Patterns, Psychological Patterns, Longitudinal Studies
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: National Longitudinal Study of Adolescent Health