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Cross-Cultural Examination of Links between Parent-Adolescent Communication and Adolescent Psychological Problems in 12 Cultural Groups.
University West, Department of Social and Behavioural Studies, Division of Psychology, Pedagogy and Sociology. (BUV)ORCID iD: 0000-0002-2998-7289
Duke University, Duke Center for Child and Family Policy, Durham, NC, USA: University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, Mailman Center for Child Development, Miami, FL, USA.
Duke University, Center for Child and Family Policy, Durham, NC, USA.
Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, Bethesda, MD, USA; Institute for Fiscal Studies, London, UK.
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2020 (English)In: Journal of Youth and Adolescence, ISSN 0047-2891, E-ISSN 1573-6601Article in journal (Refereed) Epub ahead of print
Abstract [en]

Internalizing and externalizing problems increase during adolescence. However, these problems may be mitigated by adequate parenting, including effective parent-adolescent communication. The ways in which parent-driven (i.e., parent behavior control and solicitation) and adolescent-driven (i.e., disclosure and secrecy) communication efforts are linked to adolescent psychological problems universally and cross-culturally is a question that needs more empirical investigation. The current study used a sample of 1087 adolescents (M = 13.19 years, SD = 0.90, 50% girls) from 12 cultural groups in nine countries including China, Colombia, Italy, Jordan, Kenya, Philippines, Sweden, Thailand, and the United States to test the cultural moderation of links between parent solicitation, parent behavior control, adolescent disclosure, and adolescent secrecy with adolescent internalizing and externalizing problems. The results indicate that adolescent-driven communication, and secrecy in particular, is intertwined with adolescents' externalizing problems across all cultures, and intertwined with internalizing problems in specific cultural contexts. Moreover, parent-driven communication efforts were predicted by adolescent disclosure in all cultures. Overall, the findings suggest that adolescent-driven communication efforts, and adolescent secrecy in particular, are important predictors of adolescent psychological problems as well as facilitators of parent-adolescent communication.

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2020.
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Adolescent secrecy, Parent-adolescent communication, Psychological problems, Universal parenting
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Psychology
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Child and Youth studies; SOCIAL SCIENCE, Psychology
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URN: urn:nbn:se:hv:diva-15060DOI: 10.1007/s10964-020-01212-2PubMedID: 32166654Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-85081934369&OAI: oai:DiVA.org:hv-15060DiVA, id: diva2:1414861
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EU, Horizon 2020, 695300-HKADeC-ERC-2015-Ad
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Funders: Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Developmen(RO1-HD054805 & P2CHD065563);National Institute on Drug Abuse(P30 DA023026);

Available from: 2020-03-16 Created: 2020-03-16 Last updated: 2020-04-06Bibliographically approved

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