Harsh Parenting, Deviant Peers, Adolescent Risky Behavior: Understanding the Meditational Effect of Attitudes and Intentions

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2015-07-14
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Neppl, Tricia
Dhalewadikar, Jui
Lohman, Brenda
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Although research supports the influence of parents and peers on adolescent risky behavior, less is known about mechanisms proposed to explain this relation. This study examined the influence of adolescent attitudes and intentions about such behaviors. Prospective, longitudinal data came from rural youth who participated throughout adolescence (n = 451). Observed harsh parenting and relationship with deviant peers was assessed in early adolescence, attitudes and intentions were measured during middle adolescence, and risky behavior was assessed in late adolescence. Results indicated that parenting and deviant peers was related to engagement in tobacco use, alcohol use, and risky sexual behaviors. Moreover, attitudes and intentions mediated this relationship even after parent use and adolescent early involvement in these behaviors were taken into account.

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This is the peer reviewed version of the following article: Neppl, T. K., Dhalewadikar, J. and Lohman, B. J. (2016), Harsh Parenting, Deviant Peers, Adolescent Risky Behavior: Understanding the Meditational Effect of Attitudes and Intentions. J Res Adolesc, 26: 538–551, which has been published in final form at doi: 10.1111/jora.12212. This article may be used for non-commercial purposes in accordance with Wiley Terms and Conditions for Self-Archiving.

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