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NCJ Number: 222286 Find in a Library
Title: Impact of Pubertal Timing and Parental Control on Adolescent Problem Behaviors
Journal: Journal of Youth and Adolescence  Volume:37  Issue:4  Dated:April 2008  Pages:445-455
Author(s): Rubab G. Arum; Jennifer D. Shapka
Date Published: April 2008
Page Count: 11
Sponsoring Agency: Faculty of Education, The University of British Columbia
Vancouver, BC, Canada V6T 1Z4
Type: Report (Study/Research)
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: Among a sample of 267 youth 9 to 16 years old, this study examined the interaction among the variables of pubertal timing, parental control, and problem behaviors (emotional and behavioral), with attention to the combined influence of the first 2 variables on problem behaviors.
Abstract: Empirical support was found for the interaction between pubertal timing and parental control in influencing adolescent problem behaviors. The study found that early-maturing and late-maturing adolescents tended to perceive their fathers as using less behavioral and psychological control, respectively. There were no differences between mothers' and fathers' use of psychological and behavioral control over adolescent boys and girls. The interaction between pubertal timing and maternal psychological control suggests that early-maturing adolescents who perceive their mothers as more controlling are more likely to report problem behaviors. A contrasting finding was found for emotional problems, which showed that early-maturing boys who perceived their fathers as more psychologically controlling were less likely to report emotional problems. For girls, on-time maturation and low levels of paternal psychological control were associated with low levels of emotional problems. Recommendations are offered for future research. Participants were recruited from one elementary and one secondary school (grades 5 to 10) classes in a city in British Columbia (Canada). A questionnaire administered to students measured pubertal timing with the Pubertal Development Scale. Parental psychological control was measured with the Psychological Control Scale-Youth Self-Report, and behavioral control was determined with the Parental Regulation Scale-Youth Self report. Emotional and behavioral problems were identified with the Achenbach System of Empirically Based Assessment for ages 11-18. 3 tables, 3 figures, and 45 references
Main Term(s): Juveniles
Index Term(s): Biological influences; Deviance; Emotional disorders; Parental influence; Problem behavior; Youth development
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