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Structural relations between sources of parental knowledge, feelings of being overly controlled and risk behaviors in early adolescence
Jönköping University, School of Health and Welfare. University West, Sweden.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-2998-7289
Gothenburg University, Sweden.
Gothenburg University, Sweden.
Gothenburg University, Sweden.
2017 (English)In: Journal of Family Studies, ISSN 1322-9400, E-ISSN 1839-3543Article in journal (Refereed) Epub ahead of print
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In this study, we have investigated parental knowledge and its sources, namely adolescent disclosure, parental control, and parental solicitation; and how they relate to adolescents’ feelings of being overly controlled, and to three types of adolescent risk behaviors, namely bullying, substance use, and delinquent behavior. This was studied in a sample of 1520 Swedish early adolescent boys and girls (M age = 13.0). A structural equation path model showed that adolescent disclosure and parental control were positively associated with parental knowledge, which in turn related to all three risk behaviors. Adolescent disclosure was related to lower levels of risk behaviors, while parental solicitation was linked to higher levels of adolescent engagement in risk behaviors, especially for boys, through feelings of being overly controlled. The findings support the idea of a functional role of open communication, as well as adequate levels of autonomy granting, for managing boys’ and girls’ risk behavior.

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Taylor & Francis, 2017.
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Parental knowledge, disclosure, control, adolescent autonomy, gender
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Health Sciences Psychology
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URN: urn:nbn:se:hj:diva-37206DOI: 10.1080/13229400.2017.1367713OAI: oai:DiVA.org:hj-37206DiVA: diva2:1139185
Available from: 2017-09-07 Created: 2017-09-07 Last updated: 2017-09-07

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