Temporal dynamics linking aspects of parent monitoring with early adolescent antisocial behavior

Jeff Kiesner, Thomas J. Dishion, François Poulin, Massimiliano Pastore

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This longitudinal study examined the covariation between parents' use of control and solicitation, youth willingness to self-disclose to parents, and youth antisocial behavior from ages 13 to 14. Structural equation analyses were conducted on a combined sample of Italian (N = 152) and French Canadian (N = 151) adolescents. Analyses tested for longitudinal cross-lagged effects while controlling for stability and all concurrent associations. Although bivariate correlations showed consistent associations among these constructs, both concurrently and over one year, SEM results revealed virtually no cross-lagged effects, after controlling for concurrent associations and stability. These findings suggest that the actual causal effects of parenting and youth behavior may best be conceptualized as occurring in the moment, rather than over extended periods of time. Results also showed that parental control and solicitation demonstrated very different associations with youth antisocial behavior, and should therefore be considered separately for research and prevention.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)765-784
Number of pages20
JournalSocial Development
Issue number4
StatePublished - Nov 2009
Externally publishedYes


  • Adolescence
  • Antisocial behavior
  • Parent monitoring

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Developmental and Educational Psychology
  • Sociology and Political Science
  • Social Sciences (miscellaneous)


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