Parent-Child Synchrony and Adolescent Adjustment

James G. Barber, Floyd H. Bolitho, Lorne D. Bertrand

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    This study of 984 children and their parents examined the correlates of adolescent psychosocial adjustment. Based on previous research, it was expected that parental involvement and limit-setting would predict conduct disorder scores and that variables associated with the parent-child relationship, particularly parent-child synchrony, would be more closely related to emotional adjustment and social relationship measures. Contrary to expectations, parenting practices were unrelated to adolescent conduct disorder, but family harmony and adult-child synchrony predicted all measures of adolescent adjustment. It is concluded that positive parenting is not something adults do to children, but a quality of the parent-child relationship characterized by family harmony and parental empathy. Implications for social work practice with adolescents and their families are identified.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)51-64
    Number of pages14
    JournalChild and Adolescent Social Work Journal
    Issue number1
    Publication statusPublished - 2001


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