Autonomy and relatedness in inner-city families of substance abusing adolescents

Jessica Samuolis, Aaron Hogue, Sarah Dauber, Howard A. Liddle

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This study examined parent-adolescent autonomous-relatedness functioning in inner-city, ethnic minority families of adolescents exhibiting drug abuse and related problem behaviors. Seventyfour parent-adolescent dyads completed a structured interaction task prior to the start of treatment that was coded using an established autonomous-relatedness measure. Adolescent drug use, externalizing, and internalizing behaviors were assessed. Parents and adolescents completed assessment instruments measuring parenting style and family conflict. Confirmatory factor analysis found significant differences in the underlying dimensions of parent and adolescent autonomous-relatedness in this sample versus previous samples. It was also found that autonomous- relatedness was associated with worse adolescent symptomatology and family impairment. Results based on both self-report and observational measures contribute to the understanding of key family constructs in this population and provide insight for both researchers and the treatment community.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)53-86
Number of pages34
JournalJournal of Child and Adolescent Substance Abuse
Issue number2
StatePublished - 2005


  • Adolescent
  • Family
  • Substance abuse

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Development
  • Social Psychology
  • Psychology(all)
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health


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