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ERIC Number: EJ955746
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012-Mar
Pages: 23
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0044-118X
Linking Social Environments with the Well-Being of Adolescents in Dual-Earner and Single Working Parent Families
Tisdale, Sandee; Pitt-Catsuphes, Marcie
Youth & Society, v44 n1 p118-140 Mar 2012
This investigation examined the relationships between middle school-aged children's perceptions of their social environments (home, school, neighborhood, and parental work) with self-reports of well-being. In the present study, well-being was defined by measures of physical health and psychological happiness. Data from the Nurturing Families Study were collected during in-person interviews with adolescents in dual-earner and single working parent families. Adolescents' subjective assessments were analyzed through two hierarchical regression models: mothers' (N = 149) and fathers' (N = 150). Findings suggest that child gender, perceptions of the school environment, and parents coming home from work in a good mood significantly predict the variability in adolescent self-reports of well-being. The school environment was found to have the strongest predictive power over variations in adolescents' well-being. Implications for practice and research, including improving supports within schools and focusing more attention on parental mood after work, are discussed. (Contains 1 figure and 3 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Middle Schools
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Language: English
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