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Parental Monitoring of Adolescents by Ethnically and Economically Diverse Mothers

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In this study, predictors of mothers' beliefs about the importance of and use of monitoring strategies were examined. Previous research suggests that parental monitoring behaviors might differ by characteristics of the parent and family, such as ethnicity, socioeconomic status, and family structure. To examine whether any of these characteristics predicted beliefs about the importance of or use of monitoring strategies, 119 mothers of different backgrounds based on ethnicity, income, and age of adolescent were surveyed about their beliefs about the importance of monitoring strategies and use of monitoring strategies. Results suggested that African American mothers believe more in solicitation and less in giving adolescents a lot of freedom than do European American mothers. There was some support for age of adolescent, past risk behavior, and beliefs about adolescent risk-taking predicting beliefs about the importance of and use of monitoring strategies. Mothers' beliefs about the importance of each monitoring strategy also predicted use of the same strategy.
subject
Adolescents
Monitoring
Parenting
contributor
Casoria, Christine (author)
Buchanan, Christy M (committee chair)
Best, Debbie (committee member)
Kiang, Lisa (committee member)
Grzywacz, Joseph (committee member)
date
2012-01-18T09:35:33Z (accessioned)
2011 (issued)
degree
Psychology (discipline)
10000-01-01 (liftdate)
embargo
forever (terms)
identifier
http://hdl.handle.net/10339/36439 (uri)
language
en (iso)
publisher
Wake Forest University
title
Parental Monitoring of Adolescents by Ethnically and Economically Diverse Mothers
type
Thesis

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