Date Approved

7-11-2013

Date Posted

9-19-2013

Degree Type

Open Access Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)

Department

Psychology

Committee Member

Carol Freedman-Doan, Phd, Chair

Committee Member

Heather Janisse, PhD

Committee Member

Alissa Huth-Bocks, PhD

Abstract

Some researchers have suggested that the parent/adolescent affective relationship is key to understanding adolescent disclosure to parents regarding their activities (Kerr, Stattin, & Burk, 2010); however, other researchers do not feel that the parent/adolescent affective relationship explains enough variance in adolescent disclosure (Fletcher, Steinberg, & Williams-Wheeler, 2004). These models, however, have not tested for sex differences, which previous researchers suggest exist (Keijers, Branje, Finkenauer, & Meeus, 2010). Participants (N = 464; 50% female) were part of the Childhood and Beyond Study, which began during the 1986-87 school year. Data were collected from three different cohorts of participants across 13 years. This study focused on data collected from Wave 5 (1993-94) through Wave 9 (1998-99), when participants were in middle and high school. This study also examined two related models of parenting behaviors across time. The first model examined the effects of each parenting practice (monitoring and the affective relationship) on Problem Behavior separately. The second model looked at how the co-occurrence of these parenting behaviors over time affects Problem Behavior. Results indicate that both the relationship with parents and Monitoring Success are important in predicting Problem Behaviors during senior year.

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