Parents' and early adolescents' self-efficacy about anger regulation and early adolescents' internalizing and externalizing problems: A longitudinal study in three countries

Laura Di Giunta, Anne Marie R. Iselin, Jennifer E. Lansford, Nancy Eisenberg, Carolina Lunetti, Eriona Thartori, Emanuele Basili, Concetta Pastorelli, Dario Bacchini, Liliana Maria Uribe Tirado, Maria Gerbino

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Abstract

The present study examines whether early adolescents' self-efficacy beliefs about anger regulation mediate the relation between parents' self-efficacy beliefs about anger regulation and early adolescents' internalizing and externalizing problems. Participants were 534 early adolescents (T1: M age = 10.89, SD =.70; 50% female), their mothers (n = 534), and their fathers (n = 431). Families were drawn from Colombia, Italy, and the USA. Follow-up data were obtained two (T2) and three (T3) years later. At T1 and T3, parents' self-efficacy beliefs were self-reported and internalizing and externalizing problems were assessed via mothers', fathers', and early adolescents' reports. At T2, early adolescents' self-efficacy beliefs were self-reported Within the overall sample, mothers with higher self-efficacy beliefs about anger regulation had children with similar beliefs. Early adolescents' low self-efficacy beliefs were associated with higher internalizing and externalizing problems.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)124-135
Number of pages12
JournalJournal of Adolescence
Volume64
DOIs
StatePublished - Apr 2018

Keywords

  • Adolescence
  • Anger regulation
  • Cross-cultural
  • Externalizing
  • Internalizing
  • Self-efficacy

ASJC Scopus subject areas

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

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    Di Giunta, L., Iselin, A. M. R., Lansford, J. E., Eisenberg, N., Lunetti, C., Thartori, E., Basili, E., Pastorelli, C., Bacchini, D., Uribe Tirado, L. M., & Gerbino, M. (2018). Parents' and early adolescents' self-efficacy about anger regulation and early adolescents' internalizing and externalizing problems: A longitudinal study in three countries. Journal of Adolescence, 64, 124-135. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.adolescence.2018.01.009