Mothers' and Adolescents' Perceptions of Family Environment and Adolescent Social-Emotional Functioning

Wendy Cavendish, Marjorie Montague, Craig Enders, Samantha Dietz

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

5 Citations (Scopus)

Abstract

Research has emphasized the importance of the relationship between family functioning and adolescent behavioral development. The present study examines family environment and social-emotional functioning of primarily minority adolescents, viewed from both adolescents' and mothers' perspectives. Participants were a school-based sample of adolescents with and without risk for emotional and behavioral disabilities and their mothers (N = 86 dyads). Results suggested an association between the mothers' views of their adolescent children's problem behaviors and the adolescents' self-ratings of risk-taking behaviors across 5 years. Overall, mothers of the at risk youth receiving special education services reported higher ratings of youth problem behaviors, but results also indicated that mothers of the at risk adolescent boys not receiving special education services perceived greater depressive symptoms in their children and more family conflict in their homes. Mothers of youth at risk but not receiving special education services experienced higher levels of stress associated with being a parent than mothers of the not-at-risk adolescents. The parent measures of adolescent behavior and depressive symptoms, family conflict, and parental stress were not predictive of the social-emotional functioning of these adolescents in the multilevel models. Implications of these findings for early identification and family focused intervention programs are discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)52-66
Number of pages15
JournalJournal of Child and Family Studies
Volume23
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 2014

Fingerprint

Social Environment
Mothers
adolescent
Special Education
special education
Family Conflict
Adolescent Behavior
parents
rating
Depression
Adolescent Development
Child Behavior
Risk-Taking
dyad
disability
minority

Keywords

  • Adolescent behavior problems
  • Family environment
  • Parent perceptions
  • Parenting stress

ASJC Scopus subject areas

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

Cite this

Mothers' and Adolescents' Perceptions of Family Environment and Adolescent Social-Emotional Functioning. / Cavendish, Wendy; Montague, Marjorie; Enders, Craig; Dietz, Samantha.

In: Journal of Child and Family Studies, Vol. 23, No. 1, 01.2014, p. 52-66.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Cavendish, Wendy ; Montague, Marjorie ; Enders, Craig ; Dietz, Samantha. / Mothers' and Adolescents' Perceptions of Family Environment and Adolescent Social-Emotional Functioning. In: Journal of Child and Family Studies. 2014 ; Vol. 23, No. 1. pp. 52-66.
@article{c1540aaab4d143799b9dfefded521294,
title = "Mothers' and Adolescents' Perceptions of Family Environment and Adolescent Social-Emotional Functioning",
abstract = "Research has emphasized the importance of the relationship between family functioning and adolescent behavioral development. The present study examines family environment and social-emotional functioning of primarily minority adolescents, viewed from both adolescents' and mothers' perspectives. Participants were a school-based sample of adolescents with and without risk for emotional and behavioral disabilities and their mothers (N = 86 dyads). Results suggested an association between the mothers' views of their adolescent children's problem behaviors and the adolescents' self-ratings of risk-taking behaviors across 5 years. Overall, mothers of the at risk youth receiving special education services reported higher ratings of youth problem behaviors, but results also indicated that mothers of the at risk adolescent boys not receiving special education services perceived greater depressive symptoms in their children and more family conflict in their homes. Mothers of youth at risk but not receiving special education services experienced higher levels of stress associated with being a parent than mothers of the not-at-risk adolescents. The parent measures of adolescent behavior and depressive symptoms, family conflict, and parental stress were not predictive of the social-emotional functioning of these adolescents in the multilevel models. Implications of these findings for early identification and family focused intervention programs are discussed.",
keywords = "Adolescent behavior problems, Family environment, Parent perceptions, Parenting stress",
author = "Wendy Cavendish and Marjorie Montague and Craig Enders and Samantha Dietz",
year = "2014",
month = "1",
doi = "10.1007/s10826-012-9685-y",
language = "English (US)",
volume = "23",
pages = "52--66",
journal = "Journal of Child and Family Studies",
issn = "1062-1024",
publisher = "Springer New York",
number = "1",

}

TY - JOUR

T1 - Mothers' and Adolescents' Perceptions of Family Environment and Adolescent Social-Emotional Functioning

AU - Cavendish, Wendy

AU - Montague, Marjorie

AU - Enders, Craig

AU - Dietz, Samantha

PY - 2014/1

Y1 - 2014/1

N2 - Research has emphasized the importance of the relationship between family functioning and adolescent behavioral development. The present study examines family environment and social-emotional functioning of primarily minority adolescents, viewed from both adolescents' and mothers' perspectives. Participants were a school-based sample of adolescents with and without risk for emotional and behavioral disabilities and their mothers (N = 86 dyads). Results suggested an association between the mothers' views of their adolescent children's problem behaviors and the adolescents' self-ratings of risk-taking behaviors across 5 years. Overall, mothers of the at risk youth receiving special education services reported higher ratings of youth problem behaviors, but results also indicated that mothers of the at risk adolescent boys not receiving special education services perceived greater depressive symptoms in their children and more family conflict in their homes. Mothers of youth at risk but not receiving special education services experienced higher levels of stress associated with being a parent than mothers of the not-at-risk adolescents. The parent measures of adolescent behavior and depressive symptoms, family conflict, and parental stress were not predictive of the social-emotional functioning of these adolescents in the multilevel models. Implications of these findings for early identification and family focused intervention programs are discussed.

AB - Research has emphasized the importance of the relationship between family functioning and adolescent behavioral development. The present study examines family environment and social-emotional functioning of primarily minority adolescents, viewed from both adolescents' and mothers' perspectives. Participants were a school-based sample of adolescents with and without risk for emotional and behavioral disabilities and their mothers (N = 86 dyads). Results suggested an association between the mothers' views of their adolescent children's problem behaviors and the adolescents' self-ratings of risk-taking behaviors across 5 years. Overall, mothers of the at risk youth receiving special education services reported higher ratings of youth problem behaviors, but results also indicated that mothers of the at risk adolescent boys not receiving special education services perceived greater depressive symptoms in their children and more family conflict in their homes. Mothers of youth at risk but not receiving special education services experienced higher levels of stress associated with being a parent than mothers of the not-at-risk adolescents. The parent measures of adolescent behavior and depressive symptoms, family conflict, and parental stress were not predictive of the social-emotional functioning of these adolescents in the multilevel models. Implications of these findings for early identification and family focused intervention programs are discussed.

KW - Adolescent behavior problems

KW - Family environment

KW - Parent perceptions

KW - Parenting stress

UR - http://www.scopus.com/inward/record.url?scp=84891627105&partnerID=8YFLogxK

UR - http://www.scopus.com/inward/citedby.url?scp=84891627105&partnerID=8YFLogxK

U2 - 10.1007/s10826-012-9685-y

DO - 10.1007/s10826-012-9685-y

M3 - Article

VL - 23

SP - 52

EP - 66

JO - Journal of Child and Family Studies

JF - Journal of Child and Family Studies

SN - 1062-1024

IS - 1

ER -