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NCJ Number: 195964 Find in a Library
Title: Adolescent Problem Behavior and Depressed Mood: Risk and Protection Within and Across Social Contexts
Journal: Journal of Youth and Adolescence  Volume:31  Issue:5  Dated:October 2002  Pages:343-357
Author(s): Margaret R. Beam; Virginia Gil-Rivas; Ellen Greenberger; Chuansheng Chen
Date Published: October 2002
Page Count: 15
Type: Research Paper
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This study examined risk and protection for adolescent problem behavior and depressive symptomatology in an average-risk sample of 11th-graders.
Abstract: Using a socioecological perspective, the study aggregated risk factors by three social contexts: family and peer contexts, and a context featuring the most important nonparental adult (VIP) in respondents' lives. The study tested separate models (including outcome-specific risk and protective factors) for predicting problem behaviors and depressive symptoms; the models demonstrated divergent validity. Tests of interactions between risk-aggregates and protective factors yielded several significant cross-context buffering effects in the problem behavior model, but none in the depressive symptoms model. Parents' and VIPs' perceived sanctions buffered adolescents against high risk for problem behavior emanating from the peer context. Additionally, perceived peers' sanctions buffered youths against risk emanating from each of the three contexts. Tables, notes, figures, references
Main Term(s): Juveniles
Index Term(s): Economic influences; Environmental influences; Gender issues; Home environment; Models; Peer influences on behavior; Prediction; Problem behavior; Social psychology
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