Growth and predictors of parental knowledge of youth behavior during early adolescence

Kristin L. Moilanen, Daniel S. Shaw, Michael M. Criss, Thomas J. Dishion

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The current study examines latent growth models of parental knowledge of boys' behavior from ages 10 to 15, and whether earlier child or family characteristics are related to intercept and growth in parental knowledge. As part of an ongoing longitudinal study on the precursors of antisocial behavior, 288 boys completed interviews at ages 10, 11, 12, and 15 years. Boys' reports started low, increased and plateaued at age 12. High levels of maternal responsivity in early childhood were associated with a high initial status in knowledge. Growth was predicted only by high levels of boys' prior externalizing problems. Results are discussed with respect to differences in factors that predict initial status versus growth in parental knowledge during the transition to adolescence.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)800-825
Number of pages26
JournalJournal of Early Adolescence
Issue number6
StatePublished - Dec 2009
Externally publishedYes


  • Externalizing problems
  • Latent growth modeling
  • Monitoring
  • Parental knowledge
  • Parental responsivity

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Developmental and Educational Psychology
  • Social Sciences (miscellaneous)
  • Sociology and Political Science
  • Life-span and Life-course Studies


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