Effects of Family Context on Adolescents’ Psychological Problems: Moderated by Pubertal Timing, and Mediated by Self-Esteem and Interpersonal Relationships

Chung-Ying Lin, Meng Che Tsai

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We examined the potential mediational roles of self-esteem and interpersonal relationships that link the effect of family context on psychological outcomes in 5214 junior high school students. The moderating effects of pubertal timing were also examined. Pubertal development scores were used to measure pubertal status. Separate mediational models were examined across subgroups with different pubertal timings (i.e., early puberty, on-time puberty, and late puberty). Self-esteem and interpersonal relationships mediated the association between family context and psychological consequences. Although early-maturing adolescents tended to have more psychological problems, they were usually more strongly influenced by self-esteem than were their late-maturing counterparts. Self-esteem and interpersonal relationships were both important when dealing with adolescent psychological problems, particularly for those who mature early. Clinicians should be able to recognize these problems associated with pubertal transition and provide appropriate counseling with a focus on positive adaption to reduce adverse psychological and behavioral consequences.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)907-923
Number of pages17
JournalApplied Research in Quality of Life
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 1 Sep 2016
Externally publishedYes


  • Adolescence
  • Interpersonal relationships
  • Psychological problems
  • Pubertal timing
  • Self-esteem

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Life-span and Life-course Studies

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