ERIC Number: EJ914519
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2006-Dec
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Reference Count: 46
Family Functioning, Self-Concept, and Severity of Adolescent Externalizing Problems
Henderson, Craig E.; Dakof, Gayle A.; Schwartz, Seth J.; Liddle, Howard A.
Journal of Child and Family Studies, v15 n6 p719-729 Dec 2006
We investigated direct and shared effects of family functioning and self-concept on the severity of adolescent externalizing problems in a sample of 224 clinically referred adolescents. Structural equation modeling (SEM) revealed strong, direct relationships between problem behaviors and both family functioning and self-concept. Using R. M. Baron and D. A. Kenny's (1986) and G. N. Holmbeck's (1997) criteria for testing mediation in SEM, family functioning partially mediated the relationship between self-concept and problem behaviors. A moderation model, testing the relationship between externalizing problems and the interaction between family functioning and self-concept, did not yield a significant effect. Our findings indicate that self-concept and family functioning exert direct and shared effects on externalizing problems and suggest that interventions for clinically referred adolescents should target both the individual adolescent and his/her family.
Descriptors: Behavior Problems, Structural Equation Models, Testing, Adolescents, Severity (of Disability), Family Relationship, Family Environment, Self Concept, Correlation, Effect Size, Influences
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