Family functioning, self-concept, and severity of adolescent externalizing problems

Craig E. Henderson, Gayle A Dakof, Seth J Schwartz, Howard A Liddle

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We investigated direct and shared effects of family functioning and self-concept on the severity of adolescent externalizing problems in a sample of 224 clinically referred adolescents. Structural equation modeling (SEM) revealed strong, direct relationships between problem behaviors and both family functioning and self-concept. Using R. M. Baron and D. A. Kenny's (1986) and G. N. Holmbeck's (1997) criteria for testing mediation in SEM, family functioning partially mediated the relationship between self-concept and problem behaviors. A moderation model, testing the relationship between externalizing problems and the interaction between family functioning and self-concept, did not yield a significant effect. Our findings indicate that self-concept and family functioning exert direct and shared effects on externalizing problems and suggest that interventions for clinically referred adolescents should target both the individual adolescent and his/her family.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)719-729
Number of pages11
JournalJournal of Child and Family Studies
Volume15
Issue number6
DOIs
StatePublished - Dec 1 2006

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Keywords

  • Adolescence
  • Externalizing
  • Family
  • Mediation
  • Self-concept

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Family functioning, self-concept, and severity of adolescent externalizing problems. / Henderson, Craig E.; Dakof, Gayle A; Schwartz, Seth J; Liddle, Howard A.

In: Journal of Child and Family Studies, Vol. 15, No. 6, 01.12.2006, p. 719-729.

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