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ERIC Number: EJ796498
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Aug
Pages: 13
Abstractor: Author
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-0047-2891
The Role of Perceived Parental Knowledge on Emerging Adults' Risk Behaviors
Padilla-Walker, Laura M.; Nelson, Larry J.; Madsen, Stephanie D.; Barry, Carolyn McNamara
Journal of Youth and Adolescence, v37 n7 p847-859 Aug 2008
The purpose of this study was to gain a clearer understanding of the relation between parents' knowledge of their emerging-adult children and emerging adults' risk behaviors. Participants included 200 undergraduate students between the ages of 18 and 25 (121 women, 78 men; M [subscript age] = 19.59, SD = 1.62) and both of their parents. Results revealed that knowledge of the emerging-adult child's activities varied as a function of parent- and child-reports, and that child outcomes associated with parental knowledge were generally positive, including less drinking, drug use, and risky sexual behavior (although this varied as a function of reporter). The links between maternal knowledge and lower drug and alcohol use were particularly strong in the presence of maternal closeness. Implications for understanding the parent-child relationship during the transition to adulthood were discussed.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education
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Language: English
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