Home sweet home(s): parental separations, residential moves, and adjustment problems in low-income adolescent girls.

Emma K. Adam*, P. Lindsay Chase-Lansdale

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Abstract

Associations between histories of family disruption (residential moves and separations from parent figures) and adolescent adjustment (including educational, internalizing, externalizing, and sexual behavior outcomes) were examined in a random sample of 267 African American girls from 3 urban poverty neighborhoods. Higher numbers of residential moves and parental separations significantly predicted greater adolescent adjustment problems after household demographic characteristics were controlled. Adolescents' perceptions of their current relationships and neighborhoods were significantly associated with adolescent adjustment but did not mediate the effects of family disruption. Associations between parental separations and adolescent outcomes were strongest for externalizing problems and were found for both male and female caregivers, for long-standing and more temporary caregivers, and for separations in early childhood, middle childhood, and adolescence.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)792-805
Number of pages14
JournalDevelopmental psychology
Volume38
Issue number5
DOIs
StatePublished - Sep 2002

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Demography
  • Developmental and Educational Psychology
  • Life-span and Life-course Studies

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