ERIC Number: EJ785022
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007-May
Predictors of Psychosocial Well-Being in Urban African American and European American Youth: The Role of Ecological Factors
Prelow, Hazel M.; Bowman, Marvella A.; Weaver, Scott R.
Journal of Youth and Adolescence, v36 n4 p543-553 May 2007
Hierarchical regression analyses were used to identify factors that functioned as either promotive or protective factors against the impact of ecological risk on the psychological adjustment of 112 African American and 94 European American adolescents (13-19 years of age). Indicators of ecological risk, promotive/protective factors, and adjustment were assessed concurrently via adolescent self-report questionnaires. Supportive parenting emerged as a promotive factor for both African American and European American adolescents for academic achievement, competence, and problem behaviors. Additionally, school connectedness served as a promotive factor for both African American and European American adolescents with competence as the criterion. However, in analyses with problem behaviors as the criterion, school connectedness intensified the effect of ecological risk for European American adolescents. Of the three hypothesized positive factors (supportive parenting, ethnic identity, and school connectedness), only ethnic identity emerged as a protective factor for problem behaviors and this effect was only observed for European American adolescents.
Descriptors: Ethnicity, Parenting Styles, Adolescents, Mental Health, Well Being, African Americans, Anglo Americans, Adjustment (to Environment), Questionnaires, Measurement Techniques, Academic Achievement, Risk, Behavior Problems, Urban Youth
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