Affective and behavioral parental constructs of adolescent behaviors
Hennick, Lisa Owens
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Studies of adolescents with problem behaviors and antisocial behaviors have indicated that parental feelings and behaviors can have an impact on adolescent behaviors. In order to provide more specific information about feelings and behaviors that do impact adolescent behaviors this study utilized two instruments that were completed by 97 parents of general high school students in a small southeastern town. The instruments used were the Parent Guardian Questionnaire (PGQ; Glaser, Calhoun, Bates, Petrocelli, & Rose, 2000) and the Behavioral Assessment System for Children, Parent Rating for Adolescents (BASC-PR-A; Reynolds & Kamphaus, 2004). Both instruments are parent report instruments. The PGQ is used to measure Parental Exasperation, Parent-Child Conflict, Fear of Child and Parental Monitoring. The BASC-PR-A is used to measure adolescent behaviors with clinical and adaptive scales. Statistical analyses were correlational methods used to determine directional relationships and their strength. As predicted, parental reports of exasperation, conflict, and fear were positively correlated with the clinical scales and negatively correlated with adaptive scales. Parental monitoring was negatively correlated with clinical scales and positively correlated with adaptive scales.