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Title:Bidirectional Relations between Mexican American Parenting Dimensions and Youth Mental Health
Author(s):Manongdo, Jennifer A.
Director of Research:Ramirez Garcia, Jorge I.
Doctoral Committee Chair(s):Ramirez Garcia, Jorge I.
Doctoral Committee Member(s):Larson, Reed W.; Raffaelli, Marcela; Wiley, Angela R.
Department / Program:Psychology
Degree Granting Institution:University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
mental health
Abstract:The bidirectional relations between parenting behaviors and youth mental health were examined in a Mexican American adolescent sample using a transactional model. Data were collected at two time points, approximately one year apart. The sample consisted of 216 participants at Time 1 (14-19 years old) and 88 participants at Time 2. Youth reported on internalizing and externalizing symptoms as well as six maternal parenting behaviors. Confirmatory factor analyses were conducted with T1 data to test a two-factor structure of parenting behaviors: Supportive Parenting and Harsh Parental Control. Strong evidence was found for higher T1 internalizing symptoms uniquely predicting lower T2 Supportive Parenting when accounting for the variance in T1 Supportive Parenting and externalizing symptoms and T2 Harsh Parental Control. Evidence was also found for higher T1 externalizing symptoms predicting higher T2 Harsh Parental Control when accounting for variance in T1 Harsh Parental Control and internalizing symptoms. Parenting behaviors, however, did not predict youth mental health symptoms as expected. An ecodevelopmental framework including culture, neighborhood context, and developmental stage were used to interpret findings.
Issue Date:2011-01-14
Rights Information:Copyright 2010 Jennifer A. Manongdo
Date Available in IDEALS:2011-01-14
Date Deposited:December 2

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