ERIC Number: EJ794400
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Jul
Reference Count: 0
Procedural Justice in Family Conflict Resolution and Deviant Peer Group Involvement among Adolescents: The Mediating Influence of Peer Conflict
Stuart, Jennifer; Fondacaro, Mark; Miller, Scott A.; Brown, Veda; Brank, Eve M.
Journal of Youth and Adolescence, v37 n6 p674-684 Jul 2008
The involvement of adolescents with deviant peer groups is one of the strongest proximal correlates to juvenile delinquency and stems from a variety of causes. Past research has linked ineffective parenting with peer variables, including deviant peer group involvement and peer conflict during adolescence. In this study, adolescents' appraisals of procedural justice within the family (adolescents' appraisals of how fairly they are treated by parents in the process of resolving family conflict) were examined as one aspect of effective parenting that may relate to deviant peer group involvement in early adolescence. Data from 1660 middle school students (ages 11-14, mean = 12.6) indicated that higher appraisals by adolescents of procedural justice during family conflict resolution were related to lower levels of both peer conflict and deviant peer group involvement. A structural model was tested in which the relationship between adolescents' appraisals of procedural justice in the family and deviant peer group involvement was partially mediated by measures of peer conflict. This model was found to have adequate fit to the data, indicating that part of the relationship between procedural justice appraisals and deviant peer group involvement can be explained by levels of peer conflict. Implications of these findings are discussed.
Descriptors: Delinquency, Child Rearing, Early Adolescents, Peer Groups, Conflict Resolution, Peer Influence, Antisocial Behavior, Parenting Skills, Parent Child Relationship, Middle School Students, Correlation
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Middle Schools
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