A longitudinal study of adolescent social relations and antisocial and prosocial behavior in a Chinese context

Tan Lei Shek, Hing Keung Ma, Ping Chung Cheung

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The relationships between parent-adolescent conflict and (a) adolescent antisocial and prosocial behavior, (b) significant-others' influences on adolescent behavior, and (c) adolescents' relationships with the significant-others were examined in 56 adolescents in a longitudinal study. Two waves of data based on questionnaires and interviews separated by two years were collected. Results showed that parent-adolescent conflict predicted antisocial behavior but not prosocial behavior across time. While parent-adolescent conflict predicted adolescent antisocial behavior over time, adolescent antisocial behavior did not predict parent-adolescent conflict longitudinally. Except the linkage between mother-adolescent conflict and peer influence, parent-adolescent conflict was generally unrelated to the influences of the significant-others of adolescents. Some evidence on the mutual influences between mother-adolescent conflict and adolescents' relationships with the significant-others over time was also found.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)229-242
Number of pages14
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 1 Dec 2000
Externally publishedYes


  • Adolescent social behavior
  • Antisocial behavior
  • Parent-adolescent conflict
  • Prosocial behavior

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Psychology(all)

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