Maternal History of Victimization and Adolescent Behaviors: Protective Function of Relationship Quality among At-Risk Mother-Adolescent Dyads

Amy M. Claridge, Cassandra G. Lettenberger-Klein, Heather M. Farineau, Armeda Stevenson Wojciak, Lenore M. McWey

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Abstract

This study examined the protective function of mother-adolescent relationship quality in mediating the association between maternal history of violent victimization and adolescent behavior problems. Participants included a subsample of 191 mother-adolescent dyads from the Longitudinal Studies of Child Abuse and Neglect (LONGSCAN) who were at highest risk of child maltreatment. Results revealed that 78.5 % of the mothers reported a history of victimization, which was significantly associated with maternal mental health issues and both adolescent internalizing and externalizing behaviors. Bootstrapping analyses revealed that mother-adolescent relationship quality significantly mediated the relationship between maternal history of victimization and adolescent behaviors.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)473-482
Number of pages10
JournalJournal of Family Violence
Volume29
Issue number5
DOIs
StatePublished - Jul 2014
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Abuse
  • Adolescents
  • At-risk families
  • Maternal mental health
  • Parent-child relationship

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