A longitudinal study of perceived family functioning and adolescent adjustment in Chinese adolescents with economic disadvantage

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Abstract

This longitudinal study examines the relationships between perceived family functioning and adolescent psychological well-being and problem behavior in Chinese adolescents with economic disadvantage (N = 199). Results showed that perceived family functioning was concurrently related to measures of adolescent psychological well-being (existential well-being, mastery, life satisfaction, self-esteem, and general psychiatric morbidity) and problem behavior (substance abuse and delinquency) at Time 1 and Time 2. Longitudinal and prospective analyses (Time 1 predictors predicting Time 2 criterion variables) suggest that the relations between perceived family functioning and adolescent psychological well-being and problem behavior were bidirectional in nature. The longitudinal linkages between family functioning and adolescent adjustment were found to be stronger in Chinese adolescent girls than in Chinese adolescent boys with economic disadvantage.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)518-543
Number of pages26
JournalJournal of Family Issues
Volume26
Issue number4
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 May 2005
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Chinese adolescents
  • Economic disadvantage
  • Family functioning
  • Gender difference
  • Psychological well-being

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Sciences (miscellaneous)

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