Ella Simone Ben-Porath, Riley R. Ennenbach, Daniel Steven Georgesen, McKenna Francisca Hoefsmit, Kaitlyn R. Lancia, Quinn Ryan Willerton


Presentation: 10:45-12:00, Kennedy Union Ballroom



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The link between intensive/over-controlling parenting and adolescent well-being is well established, with research indicating that higher levels of intensive/overcontrolling parenting are associated with lower levels of adolescent well-being and criminal justice system involvement in children. However, the link between intensive/over-controlling parenting and adolescent well-being and criminal justice system involvement is not well understood, and findings from past research are mixed. The present study examined the link between parental control and child outcomes using a longitudinal design in an effort to better understand their relationship over time. Also, consistent with the goodness-of-fit framework, we also tested whether the association between parental control and criminal justice system involvement would vary depending on children’s characteristics and outcomes. These links were tested using data from the NLSY 97 study, which included 9,000 youths that were 12 to 18 when the study first started and now range in age from 30 to 40. Emotional and behavioral problems were measured concurrently with parenting style when participants were 12 to 18 years of age, and crime and drug abuse, work ethic, and mental wellbeing were measured when participants were older in adulthood. Analyses will be conducted using multiple regression, and gender and age ranges will be included as control variables to reduce confounding of the relationship between level of parental control and adolescent well-being. Findings will be discussed in terms of their relation to past research and their implications for children’s social development.

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Independent Research

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Jackson A. Goodnight

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Stander Symposium, College of Arts and Sciences

The Link Between Intensive Parenting and Adolescent Well-Being