Parental monitoring and the prevention of child and adolescent problem behavior: A conceptual and empirical formulation

Thomas J. Dishion, Robert J. McMahon

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The present report accomplishes three goals. First, to provide an empirical rationale for placing parental monitoring of children's adaptations as a key construct in development and prevention research. Second, to stimulate more research on parental monitoring and provide an integrative framework for various research traditions as well as developmental periods of interest. Third, to discuss current methodological issues that are developmentally and culturally sensitive and based on sound measurement. Possible intervention and prevention strategies that specifically target parental monitoring are discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)61-75
Number of pages15
JournalClinical Child and Family Psychology Review
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 1 1998



  • Antisocial behavior
  • Delinquency
  • Intervention
  • Parenting
  • Prevention
  • Substance use

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health
  • Education
  • Developmental and Educational Psychology
  • Clinical Psychology
  • Psychiatry and Mental health

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