Parent-adolescent communication and adolescent delinquency: Unraveling within-family processes from between-family differences

Sabina Kapetanovic*, Savannah Boele, Therese Skoog

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Abstract

Understanding the factors that predict adolescent delinquency is a key topic in parenting research. An open question is whether prior results indicating relative differences between families reflect the dynamic processes occurring within families. Therefore, this study investigated concurrent and lagged associations among parental behavioral control, parental solicitation, adolescent disclosure, and adolescent delinquency by separating between-family and within-family effects in three-wave annual data (N = 1515; Mage = 13.01 years at T1; 50.6% girls). At the within-family level, parental behavioral control negatively predicted adolescent delinquency. Adolescent disclosure and delinquency, and adolescent disclosure and parental solicitation, reciprocally predicted each other. Parental solicitation negatively predicted parental behavioral control. The findings indicate a prominent role of adolescent disclosure in within-family processes concerning parental-adolescent communication and adolescent delinquency.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1707-1723
JournalJournal of Youth and Adolescence
Volume48
Issue number9
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2019

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Keywords

  • Adolescence
  • CHILD
  • DISCLOSURE
  • Delinquency
  • KNOWLEDGE
  • Longitudinal
  • PERSON ANALYSIS
  • PROBLEM BEHAVIORS
  • Parent-child relationship
  • Parental monitoring
  • SELF-CONTROL
  • SOCIOECONOMIC-STATUS
  • SOLICITATION
  • SUBSTANCE USE
  • TIME SPENT
  • Within-family

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