Parental monitoring mediates the effects of age and sex on problem behaviors among African American urban young adolescents

Maryse H. Richards, Bobbi Viegas Miller, Philip C. O'Donnell, Michelle S. Wasserman, Craig Colder

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Abstract

Adolescent delinquency, drug use and aggression remain societal concerns. These problems are more common with adolescent boys than girls, and tend to increase with age. Although a lack of parental monitoring has been found to be related to problem behaviors, the mediating role of monitoring on the relationship of sex and grade to problem behaviors has not been directly studied. This paper examined parental monitoring as a mediator of the relationship of sex and age to delinquency, drug use, and aggression in a sample of urban African American young adolescents. Our findings indicated that in general, boys and older adolescents reported higher rates of delinquency, drug use, and aggressiveness. Boys and older adolescents also indicated less monitoring by parents. Parental monitoring was found to mediate the effects of sex and grade on some of the behavioral problems.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)221-233
Number of pages13
JournalJournal of Youth and Adolescence
Volume33
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Jun 2004

Keywords

  • Delinquency and drug use
  • Monitoring
  • Sex differences

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Psychology
  • Education
  • Developmental and Educational Psychology
  • Social Sciences (miscellaneous)

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