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Parental Behavior and the Quality of Adolescent Friendships: A Social-Contextual Perspective

Citation

Cui, Ming; Conger, Rand D.; Bryant, Chalandra M.; & Elder, Glen H., Jr. (2002). Parental Behavior and the Quality of Adolescent Friendships: A Social-Contextual Perspective. Journal of Marriage and Family, 64(3), 676-89.

Abstract

On the basis of an evolving social-contextual perspective, the authors predicted and found that socioeconomic advantage in terms of income and parental education promotes supportive and inhibits hostile parental behaviors toward an adolescent child (N = 221). These parental behaviors predicted similar actions by the child toward a close friend 4 years later. In turn adolescent supportiveness promoted close friendship ties, whereas hostility diminished the quality of friendships. The results support the notion that, to a significant degree, the quality of family interactions: (a) arises from the social context surrounding the family, (b) is transmitted across generations, and (c) has a demonstrable impact on the quality of adolescents' social ties outside the family.

URL

https://www.jstor.org/stable/3599934

Reference Type

Journal Article

Journal Title

Journal of Marriage and Family

Author(s)

Cui, Ming
Conger, Rand D.
Bryant, Chalandra M.
Elder, Glen H., Jr.

Year Published

2002

Volume Number

64

Issue Number

3

Pages

676-89

Reference ID

1800