ERIC Number: EJ733869
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2006-Mar
Parenting and Adolescent Problem Behavior: An Integrated Model with Adolescent Self-Disclosure and Perceived Parental Knowledge as Intervening Variables
Soenens, Bart; Vansteenkiste, Maarten; Luyckx, Koen; Goossens, Luc
Developmental Psychology, v42 n2 p305-318 Mar 2006
Parental monitoring, assessed as (perceived) parental knowledge of the child's behavior, has been established as a consistent predictor of problem behavior. However, recent research indicates that parental knowledge has more to do with adolescents' self-disclosure than with parents' active monitoring. Although these findings may suggest that parents exert little influence on adolescents' problem behavior, the authors argue that this conclusion is premature, because self-disclosure may in itself be influenced by parents' rearing style. This study (a) examined relations between parenting dimensions and self-disclosure and (b) compared 3 models describing the relations among parenting, self-disclosure, perceived parental knowledge, and problem behavior. Results in a sample of 10th- to 12th-grade students, their parents, and their peers demonstrated that high responsiveness, high behavioral control, and low psychological control are independent predictors of self-disclosure. In addition, structural equation modeling analyses demonstrated that parenting is both indirectly (through self-disclosure) and directly associated with perceived parental knowledge but is not directly related to problem behavior or affiliation with peers engaging in problem behavior.
Descriptors: Child Rearing, Adolescents, Behavior Problems, Self Disclosure (Individuals), Knowledge Level, Parent Child Relationship, Parenting Styles, High School Students, Intervention, Parent Influence, Structural Equation Models
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