Parental factors and adolescent well-being associations between developmental trajectories

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Objectives: This study examined the associations between developmental trajectories of parenting and adolescent well-being. The moderating effect of child gender was also explored. Method: The participants were 3,328 Hong Kong Chinese adolescents (52.1% boys, mean age = 12.59 years at baseline) who responded to questionnaires measuring their perceptions of parenting and well-being every year during the six-year high school period. Results: Latent growth curve modeling revealed that trajectories of positive parental factors (behavioral control and parent–child relationship) positively predicted trajectory of life satisfaction, but negatively predicted hopelessness trajectory, indexed by intercept–intercept and slope–slope associations. Reverse associations were found for psychological control. Child gender mainly moderated the influence of psychological control, with the associations appearing to be slightly stronger for girls than for boys. Conclusion: These findings add evidence that there may be long-term parental impacts on children's well-being and highlight the importance of looking at related developmental trajectories involved.

Original languageEnglish
Article number106071
JournalChildren and Youth Services Review
Publication statusPublished - 1 Aug 2021


  • Chinese adolescent
  • Hopelessness
  • Latent growth curve
  • Life satisfaction
  • Parenting

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Education
  • Developmental and Educational Psychology
  • Sociology and Political Science


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