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ERIC Number: EJ783709
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Feb
Pages: 10
Abstractor: Author
Reference Count: 33
ISSN: ISSN-0022-2445
Mothering and Peer Associations Mediate Cumulative Risk Effects for Latino Youth
Loukas, Alexandra; Prelow, Hazel M.; Suizzo, Marie-Anne; Allua, Shane
Journal of Marriage and Family, v70 n1 p76-85 Feb 2008
The present study examined whether positive parenting and deviant peer associations mediated the relations between a cumulative risk composite comprising financial strain, neighborhood problems, and maternal psychological distress and subsequent youth adjustment problems. Drawn from the Welfare, Children, and Families: A Three City Study, the sample consisted of 449 economically disadvantaged Latino families. Structural equation modeling showed that after controlling for baseline levels of youth adjustment problems, cumulative risk, assessed when adolescents were 10 to 14 years old, was directly and indirectly predictive of youths' deviant peer associations 16 months later, through mother's positive parenting. Deviant peer associations, in turn, were proximally associated with youth externalizing and internalizing problems. Findings underscore the role of mothers and peers in Latino youth adjustment problems.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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