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Am J Orthopsychiatry. 2012 Jan;82(1):10-8. doi: 10.1111/j.1939-0025.2011.01137.x.

Predictors of parental monitoring among families with a runaway adolescent.

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Department of Human Development and Family Science, The Ohio State University, 1787 Neil Ave., Columbus, OH 43210, USA. slesnick.5@osu.edu

Abstract

Extensive research shows that parental monitoring is a critical factor in child adjustment. Using parent and adolescent reports, this study sought to examine predictors of parental monitoring among an understudied, high-risk sample of runaway adolescents. Parent-reported depressive symptoms, couple (romantic) relationship satisfaction, and adolescent-reported bonding with parents were used as predictors of both child- and parent-reported monitoring. Findings indicated that, among parents, the couple relationship was the primary predictor of monitoring, whereas among adolescents, the parent-child relationship was the primary predictor. Maternal depressive symptoms were unrelated to monitoring. These findings suggest the utility of considering monitoring as an interpersonal phenomenon rather than primarily a parent- or child-driven phenomenon.

PMID:
22239389
PMCID:
PMC3261585
DOI:
10.1111/j.1939-0025.2011.01137.x
[Indexed for MEDLINE]
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