ERIC Number: EJ876058
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Apr
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Information Management and Behavior Problems: Is Concealing Misbehavior Necessarily a Sign of Trouble?
Laird, Robert D.; Marrero, Matthew D.
Journal of Adolescence, v33 n2 p297-308 Apr 2010
This study sought to determine whether adolescents' strategic management of information about their misbehavior was associated with behavior problems and whether the associations were moderated by parental trust or adolescent authority beliefs. Data were provided by 218 mother-adolescent dyads. Adolescents (49% female; M age = 12 years) reported their use of two disclosing (i.e., telling all, telling if asked) and three concealing (i.e., omitting details, secret keeping, lying) strategies following misbehavior. More disclosing and less concealing were associated with less depressed mood and with less antisocial and rule-breaking behavior. Associations between strategy use and antisocial and rule-breaking behavior were attenuated when parents reported high trust or adolescents reported strong authority beliefs. Greater use of concealing strategies following misbehavior is more likely to be a sign of trouble than a sign of emerging autonomy, but the negative effects of concealment are attenuated in some relational contexts. (Contains 2 figures and 3 tables.)
Descriptors: Behavior Problems, Trust (Psychology), Adolescents, Parent Child Relationship, Mothers, Antisocial Behavior, Beliefs, Personal Autonomy, Disclosure, Deception
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