Protective parenting and African American adolescents’ decision-making in the context of financial and neighborhood stress

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Kenneshia N. Williams (Creator)
The University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG )
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Andrew Supple

Abstract: Deliberative decision-making has been identified as a key developmental milestone during adolescence. Parents play a central role in developing adolescents’ deliberative decision-making. Parenting marked by increased control and strictness has been traditionally labeled as decision-making thwarting. However, these parenting behaviors have been labeled protective within African American families and associated with positive adolescent outcomes. The current study included a sample of 434 mothers and their adolescent (61% male) participating in a Boys’ and Girls’ Club intervention focused on early sexual initiation. This study examined if higher levels of maternal control and strictness would be associated with increased adolescent deliberative decision-making and if this relationship would be particularly promotive in contexts of increased financial and neighborhood stress. Findings indicated that in contexts marked by extreme financial stress, maternal control was related to higher levels of adolescent deliberative decision-making.

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Language: English
Date: 2021
Adolescent Decision-making, African American families, Financial Disadvantage, Parenting
Decision making in adolescence
African American teenagers
African American families
Parent and child

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