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Family functioning, parental monitoring and adolescent familiar responsibility in middle and late adolescence

Everri, Marina, Mancini, Tiziana and Fruggeri, Laura (2015) Family functioning, parental monitoring and adolescent familiar responsibility in middle and late adolescence. Journal of Child and Family Studies, 24 (10). pp. 3058-3066. ISSN 1062-1024

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Identification Number: 10.1007/s10826-014-0109-z


There is a lack of systematic empirical evidence for a link between parental behavior and family functioning; although there have been studies showing that both family functioning and parenting practices, specifically parental monitoring, influence children’s wellbeing, their joint impact on developmental outcomes has not yet been investigated. In the research reported here we address this gap. The relationships among family functioning, parental monitoring and familiar responsibility were examined in a sample of 320 Italian adolescents in two age ranges 14–15 years (n = 186) and 18–19 years (n = 133) in respectively the first and last years of secondary school. A questionnaire containing scales of the studied dimensions was administered in the classroom. A simple mediation model to investigate mediation of parental monitoring and a mediated moderation model to test the indirect conditional effect of adolescents’ age were run. Our results showed that parental monitoring amplified the positive impact of healthy family functioning on adolescent familiar responsibility and buffered the negative impact of problematic family functioning. Contrary to predictions, adolescent age did not moderate the strength of the observed relationships. Taken together these results confirm the protective function of parental monitoring during adolescent development and provide support for the concept of familiar responsibility as a relational competence indicating psychosocial maturity and linked to family variables, rather than a simply characteristic of the individual. Implications for research and practice are discussed.

Item Type: Article
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Additional Information: © 2014 Springer Science+Business Media New York
Divisions: Psychological and Behavioural Science
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
H Social Sciences > HQ The family. Marriage. Woman
Date Deposited: 04 Feb 2016 10:45
Last Modified: 16 May 2024 02:08

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