Date of Award
Master of Science
Human Development and Family Studies
Brenda J. Lohman
Tricia K. Neppl
The current study examined mechanisms proposed to explain the roles of harsh parenting and association with deviant peers on adolescent involvement in tobacco, alcohol use and risky sexual behaviors. Prospective, longitudinal data came from youth who participated throughout adolescence (n= 451). Information regarding observed harsh parenting and adolescent's relations with their peers was assessed in early adolescence (13 years), adolescent attitudes and intentions about risky behavior was assessed during middle adolescence (15 years), and engagement in risky behavior was assessed in late adolescence (18 years). Adolescent's gender, parents' education, parent tobacco and alcohol use and early adolescent' involvement in risky behaviors were used as control variables. Both harsh parenting and involvement with deviant peers was directly related to adolescent engagement in tobacco use, alcohol use and sexual behavior. Also, adolescent attitudes and intentions mediated this relationship. That is, harsh parenting and involvement with deviant peers was no longer associated with risky behavior once attitudes and intentions about risky behaviors was added in the model. This was true even after parent substance use and adolescent early involvement in risky behaviors were taken into account.
Jui C. Dhalewadikar
Dhalewadikar, Jui C., "Harsh parenting, deviant peers and adolescent risky behavior: understanding the meditational effect of adolescent attitudes and intentions" (2014). Graduate Theses and Dissertations. 13723.