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NCJ Number: 229539 Find in a Library
Title: Adolescents' Response to Parental Efforts to Influence Eating Habits: When Parental Warmth Matters
Journal: Journal of Youth and Adolescence  Volume:39  Issue:1  Dated:January 2010  Pages:73-83
Author(s): Jared Lessard; Ellen Greenberger; Chuansheng Chen
Date Published: January 2010
Page Count: 11
Document: HTML (Publisher)
Type: Report (Study/Research)
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: Netherlands
Annotation: This study examined the differential effect of parents' persuasion (e.g., encouragement, giving information) and pressure tactics (e.g., guilt induction, ridicule) and the moderating influence of parental warmth on older adolescents' emotional and behavioral responses.
Abstract: Previous findings have shown both beneficial and adverse effects of parents' attempts to influence adolescents' eating habits. An ethnically diverse sample of 336 older adolescents (M age = 18.6; SD = 1.1; 58.0 percent female) were surveyed. Adolescents who reported higher levels of pressure tactics by parents reported more negative affect and behavioral resistance. Perceived parental warmth moderated the influence of persuasion tactics, but not pressure tactics. For adolescents with low parental warmth, high levels of persuasion were associated with more negative emotional and behavioral responses; persuasion had the opposite associations for adolescents with high parental warmth. These results suggest that parental warmth plays an important role in how older adolescents respond to parents' persuasion tactics. However, when parents use more forceful pressure tactics to influence eating habits, adolescents react negatively regardless of the overall quality of the parent-adolescent relationship. Tables, figures, appendixes A-B, and references (Published Abstract)
Main Term(s): Adolescent attitudes
Index Term(s): Adolescent females; Adolescent males; Behavior patterns; Home environment; Juvenile psychological evaluation; Parental attitudes; Parental influence; Perception; Psychological evaluation
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