Objective: Potential moderating effects between parental control and close friend support on youth conduct problems have not been investigated. Goals of this study were to investigate for a possible curvilinear relationship between parental behavioral control and child conduct issues, as well as the potential that parental control will moderate the relationship between friend support and those behaviors.
Design: Surveyed 101 youth and their parents in a small Midwestern United States metropolitan area.
Results: Through hierarchical regression, the current study shows a curvilinear main effect for parent control on conduct problems. Additionally, close friend support is a protective agent only for those youth in families with high and medium levels of parental control, and a risk factor for children from families with low parental control.
Conclusion: Moderate levels of parental control are ideal and low levels of parental control are particularly problematic for youth who are highly engaged with peers.
Journal of Child and Adolescent Behavior
Watson, G.C., Sifers, S.K., & Houlihan, D. (2013). Parental Behavioral Control as a Moderator between Close Friend Support and Conduct Problems. Journal of Child and Adolescent Behavior, 1(1).
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