Interparental conflict and delinquency among African American youth
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Supportive parenting (SP) has long been indicated as a protective factor against delinquency for adolescents facing interparental conflict (IC). However, the mechanisms through which SP accomplishes its role have been underdeveloped due to limited understandings of the mechanism whereby IC contributes to adolescents’ delinquency. Based on former findings, the author explores the mechanisms whereby IC impacts children’s behavior by testing simultaneously the aggressogenic cognition, emotional security, and spillover models. The author further tests the moderating role of SP between IC and delinquency, and explores the mechanisms through which SP may accomplish its role. The results show support for the emotional security model and the spillover model for girls; for boys, support for all three models is found. In addition, the moderating effect of SP is found for both boys and girls. For girls, SP works as a buffer; while, for boys, supportive parenting seems to operate as an exacerbator. The implication and limitation of current research is discussed, and the directions of further research are suggested.