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J Adolesc. 2006 Jun;29(3):459-64. Epub 2005 Aug 26.

Brief report: An examination of the relationships between parental monitoring, self-esteem and delinquency among Mexican American male adolescents.

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Department of Forensic Psychology, John Jay College of Criminal Justice, 445 W. 59th Street, New York, NY 10019, USA.


The present study examined relationships between parental monitoring (mother and father), self-esteem, and delinquency among 95 adjudicated Mexican American male adolescents who were on probationary status with the juvenile justice system. Consistent with previous literature pertaining to familial processes and delinquency among the general adolescent population, findings from the current study revealed that parental monitoring was negatively associated with delinquency. In addition, self-esteem was shown to be positively correlated with delinquency. These results highlight the generalizability of previous research related to familial, emotional, and behavioral processes among Mexican American male adolescents.

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