ERIC Number: EJ891367
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Sep
Abstractor: As Provided
Social Support and Low-Income, Urban Mothers: Longitudinal Associations with Adolescent Delinquency
Ghazarian, Sharon R.; Roche, Kathleen M.
Journal of Youth and Adolescence, v39 n9 p1097-1108 Sep 2010
The current study examined the role of engaged parenting in explaining longitudinal associations between maternal perceptions of social network support and whether youth engage in delinquent behaviors during the transition into adolescence. The sample included 432 low-income, African American and Latino youth (49% female) and their mothers participating in "Welfare, Children, and Families: A Three City Study". Results from longitudinal SEM analyses demonstrated that social network support was associated positively with mothers' engaged parenting as youth transitioned into early adolescence. Engaged parenting, which functioned as a mediating variable, was associated with less youth delinquency during transitions into middle adolescence. Taken together, social network supports appeared to facilitate mothers' abilities to remain engaged with their children and to deter youth from becoming involved in delinquent behaviors.
Descriptors: Delinquency, Mothers, Low Income, Child Rearing, Early Adolescents, Longitudinal Studies, Social Networks, Role, Mother Attitudes, African Americans, Hispanic Americans, Social Support Groups, Parent Child Relationship, Urban Areas
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