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ERIC Number: EJ937115
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2005-Jun
Pages: 12
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 40
ISSN: ISSN-1062-1024
Associations among Family Structure, Demographics, and Adolescent Perceived Life Satisfaction
Zullig, Keith J.; Valois, Robert F.; Huebner, E. Scott; Drane, J. Wanzer
Journal of Child and Family Studies, v14 n2 p195-206 Jun 2005
Relationships between perceived life satisfaction and family structure were examined among 5,021 public high school adolescents using the self-report CDC Youth Risk Behavior Survey (YRBS). Adjusted multiple logistic regression analyses and multivariate models (via SUDAAN) constructed separately, revealed significant race by gender effects. Living with other relatives, non-relatives, or guardians was significantly related (p less than 0.01) to reported life dissatisfaction for all race and gender groups, except black males. However, white females and males living with both parents were significantly less likely (p less than 0.001) to report dissatisfaction with life. Black females living with their mothers only were also significantly less likely (p less than 0.001) to report dissatisfaction with life while black males living with their fathers only and white females living with their mother and another adult/adults were significantly more likely (p less than 0.01) to report dissatisfaction with life. Differing family structures appear to exert disparate effects for life satisfaction on adolescents as a function of race and/or gender. Thus, a particular health promotion intervention may not benefit all adolescents. Intervention efforts must be tailored to adolescents' specific race and gender characteristics.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: Youth Risk Behavior Survey