Pathways to competence: Parental adversity and the roles of parenting quality and social support

Karen M. Macmillan, Claudio Violato

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Abstract

The authors studied a representative Canadian cohort from the National Longitudinal Study of Children and Youth at 3 points in time, when the participants were aged 10-11 years (n = 2,147), 12-13 years (n = 1,976), and 14-15 years (n = 1,762). The presence of parent-related adversity appeared detrimental to young people's emotional and behavioral competence. Parents' self-reports of adversity predicted children's self-reports of their own behavioral functioning 2 years later. The authors identified parenting quality and social support as independent resource variables for young people's competence, rather than protective variables in the face of parent-related adversity. Latent variable path analyses suggested the increasing value of both resource variables over time for all young people.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)427-444
Number of pages18
JournalJournal of Psychology: Interdisciplinary and Applied
Volume142
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Jul 2008

Keywords

  • Developmental issues
  • Emotional development
  • Parenting

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