Antecedents and outcomes of joint trajectories of mother-son conflict and warmth during middle childhood and adolescence

Christopher J. Trentacosta, Michael M. Criss, Daniel S. Shaw, Eric Lacourse, Luke W. Hyde, Thomas J. Dishion

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Abstract

This study investigated the development of mother-son relationship quality from ages 5 to 15 a sample of 265 low-income families. Nonparametric random effects modeling was utilized to uncover distinct and homogeneous developmental trajectories of conflict and warmth; antecedents and outcomes of the trajectory groups also were examined. Four conflict trajectory groups and 3 warmth trajectory groups were identified. Difficult temperament early childhood discriminated both conflict and warmth trajectory group membership (TGM), and adult relationship quality early childhood was related to warmth trajectories. addition, conflict TGM differentiated youth antisocial behavior during adolescence, and warmth trajectories predicted adolescent peer relationship quality and youth moral disengagement. Implications for socialization processes are discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1676-1690
Number of pages15
JournalChild development
Volume82
Issue number5
DOIs
StatePublished - Sep 2011

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health
  • Education
  • Developmental and Educational Psychology

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