Facilitating adolescents’ constructive use of time in one-parent families

Reed Larson, Jodi Dworkin, Sally Gillman

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Many adolescents in 1-parent families experience positive conditions for development. In this article, we use experience sampling data from 101 mother-only families to evaluate factors associated with adolescents’ devotion of time to constructive activities, such as reading, sports, creative, and religious activities. Findings show that a set of family management variables, including firm discipline, family routines, and mothers’ amount of time spent in child-supportive activities, were associated with adolescents’ constructive use of free time. Adolescents’ constructive time was also correlated with mothers’ time spent reading, participating in religious activities, and watching TV; and with mothers’ well-being and cooperation with the nonresident father. These results demonstrate how many families adjust positively to the situation of single parenthood.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)143-157
Number of pages15
JournalApplied Developmental Science
Issue number3
StatePublished - Jul 1 2001


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