ERIC Number: EJ871493
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Feb
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Parenting and Friendship Quality as Predictors of Internalizing and Externalizing Symptoms in Early Adolescence
Gaertner, Alden E.; Fite, Paula J.; Colder, Craig R.
Journal of Child and Family Studies, v19 n1 p101-108 Feb 2010
Research indicates both parents and peers influence child and adolescent adjustment outcomes. Moreover, friendship quality has been found to buffer the influence of parenting on adolescent adjustment, particularly externalizing symptoms. Little to no research, however, has longitudinally examined whether friendship quality moderates the relation between parenting and adolescent internalizing symptoms. Accordingly, our study examines friendship quality as a moderator of the relation between parenting (positive parenting, poor parental monitoring, inconsistent discipline, parental involvement) and adolescent internalizing and externalizing symptoms over one year;s time. The sample included 65 early adolescents (67% male), ages 10-13 at initial assessment. Friendship quality buffered the effect of positive parenting on internalizing symptoms over time. However, no moderating effects for externalizing symptoms were found. Implications and further directions are discussed.
Descriptors: Early Adolescents, Friendship, Peer Influence, Parent Influence, Child Development, Adolescent Development, Symptoms (Individual Disorders), Child Rearing, Discipline, Parent Participation, Parent Child Relationship, Behavior Problems
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