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ERIC Number: EJ943431
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2003-Sep
Pages: 14
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-1062-1024
Parent-Adolescent Relationship and Adolescent Psychological Functioning among African-American Female Adolescents: Self-Esteem as a Mediator
Barber, C. Nekol; Ball, Joanna; Armistead, Lisa
Journal of Child and Family Studies, v12 n3 p361-374 Sep 2003
African-American female adolescents living in urban areas are at increased risk for adverse adjustment outcomes. The present study accomplished two goals. First, the quality of the parent-adolescent relationship across age groups was examined for differences among younger (i.e., 12'14) versus mid-range (i.e., 15'16) versus older (i.e., 17'18) adolescents. Second, self-esteem was examined as a possible mediator of the relationship between the quality of the parent-adolescent relationship and adolescent psychological functioning in a sample of 608 African-American urban adolescent females. With regard to developmental shifts in the quality of the parent-adolescent relationship, midrange adolescents reported a significantly poorer relationship with their mother than older adolescents. Results also indicated that self-esteem partially mediated the relationship between parent-child relationship and adolescent psychological functioning. Mental health professionals can broaden their interventions that aim to improve adolescent psychological functioning by either focusing on the quality of the parent-adolescent relationship or adolescent self-esteem.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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