ERIC Number: EJ855319
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009
Abstractor: As Provided
Disclosure to Parents about Everyday Activities among American Adolescents from Mexican, Chinese, and European Backgrounds
Yau, Jenny P.; Tasopoulos-Chan, Marina; Smetana, Judith G.
Child Development, v80 n5 p1481-1498 Sep-Oct 2009
Disclosure to parents and reasons for not disclosing different activities were examined in 489 Chinese, Mexican, and European American adolescents (M = 16.37 years, SD = 0.77). With generational status controlled, Chinese American adolescents disclosed less to mothers about personal and multifaceted activities than European Americans and less about personal feelings than other youth, primarily because these acts were considered personal, not harmful, or because parents would not listen or understand. Disclosure regarding prudential behavior was lower among Mexican American than among European American adolescents, primarily due to concerns with parental disapproval. Multigroup path analyses indicated that greater closeness to parents is associated with more disclosure for all youth and activities; associations between family obligation and disclosure varied by domain and ethnicity.
Descriptors: Mexican Americans, Adolescents, Chinese Americans, Parent Child Relationship, Self Disclosure (Individuals), Mothers, Whites, Path Analysis, Ethnicity
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