Family functioning, identity, and problem behavior in hispanic immigrant early adolescents

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Abstract

The present study investigated the role of identity in the relationship between family functioning and behavior problems in a sample of Hispanic immigrant early adolescents and their families. The sample consisted of 181 Hispanic immigrant adolescents (92 males, 89 females) and their participating caregivers (who were mostly mothers). Identity was measured using adolescent reports, whereas family functioning and early adolescent behavior problems were measured using both adolescent and parent reports. Correlational analyses indicated that previously obtained relationships among family functioning, identity, and behavior problems were replicated in the present sample. Structural equation models indicated that 20% of the relationship between family functioning and behavior problems operated indirectly through identity, and identity confusion partially mediates the relationship between family functioning and early adolescent behavior problems. Implications for intervention are discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)392-420
Number of pages29
JournalJournal of Early Adolescence
Volume25
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Nov 2005

Keywords

  • Behavior problems
  • Family
  • Hispanic
  • Identity
  • Structural equation modeling

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Sciences (miscellaneous)
  • Psychology(all)
  • Developmental and Educational Psychology

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