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ERIC Number: EJ940732
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011-Sep
Pages: 18
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0090-4392
The Role of Child Gender, Problem Behaviors, and the Family Environment on Maternal Depressive Symptoms: Findings from Mothers of Substance Abusing Runaway Adolescents
Guo, Xiamei; Slesnick, Natasha
Journal of Community Psychology, v39 n7 p786-803 Sep 2011
This study examined the relation between maternal depressive symptoms and adolescents' problem behaviors, moderated by adolescent gender, as well as the association between maternal depressive symptoms and the family environment characteristics above and beyond child variables. Data were collected from 137 mothers of runaway adolescents with alcohol and/or substance abuse problems. Results showed that both internalizing and externalizing problem behaviors of adolescent girls, as opposed to problem behaviors of boys, were significantly associated with maternal depressive symptoms. In addition, higher family cohesion was significantly related to lower maternal depressive symptoms even after controlling for adolescent problem behaviors. However, no significant relationship was found between family conflict and maternal depressive symptoms. These findings indicate that both adolescents' problem behaviors and mothers' perceptions of the family environment are associated with maternal depressive symptoms, highlighting the potential utility of the family systems theoretical framework for understanding and intervening mothers' emotional problems in the family context. (Contains 2 figures, 4 tables, and 1 footnote.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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