ERIC Number: EJ1200997
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2018-Jul
Abstractor: As Provided
Overprotection in Adolescent Friendships
Etkin, Rebecca G.; Bowker, Julie C.
Merrill-Palmer Quarterly: Journal of Developmental Psychology, v64 n3 Article 3 p347-375 Jul 2018
For the first time, we investigate associations between overprotective behavior within the context of adolescent friendships and psychosocial outcomes. Young adolescents participating in two studies (Ns = 270 and 179; 49% boys) completed self-report measures of psychological functioning, social problems (also assessed with peer nominations), and friendship quality. To assess friend overprotection, curvilinear effects of self-reported friend protection were examined in Study 1, and a self-report measure of parental overprotection was adapted to describe friend overprotection in Study 2. Gender and shyness (Study 2 only) were considered as moderators of associations between friend (over)protection and outcomes. Results from regression analyses revealed significant associations between extreme levels of friend protection/overprotection and indices of psychological and social maladjustment, with some associations specific to highly shy adolescents. These studies together represent a first step toward understanding a previously unexplored feature of adolescent friendships that may have important implications for psychological well-being and social adjustment.
Descriptors: Friendship, Antisocial Behavior, Early Adolescents, Social Problems, Gender Differences, Shyness, Adjustment (to Environment), Middle School Students, Grade 6, Depression (Psychology)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Middle Schools; Secondary Education; Junior High Schools; Grade 6; Intermediate Grades; Elementary Education
Sponsor: Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD) (NIH)
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: New York (Buffalo)
Grant or Contract Numbers: 1R03HD05652401