The influence of families on early adolescent school connectedness : evidence that this association varies with adolescent involvement in peer drinking networks

Kelly, Adrian B., O’Flaherty, Martin, Toumbourou, John W., Homel, Ross, Patton, George C., White, Angela, & Williams, Joanne (2012) The influence of families on early adolescent school connectedness : evidence that this association varies with adolescent involvement in peer drinking networks. Journal of Abnormal Child Psychology, 40(3), pp. 437-447.

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Abstract

School connectedness is central to the long term well-being of adolescents, and high quality parent-child relationships facilitate school connectedness. This study examined the extent to which family relationship quality is associated with the school connectedness of pre- and early teenagers, and how this association varies with adolescent involvement in peer drinking networks. The sample consisted of 7,372 10-14 year olds recruited from 231 schools in 30 Australian communities. Participants completed the Communities that Care youth survey. A multi-level model of school connectedness was used, with a random term for school-level variation. Key independent variables included family relationship quality, peer drinking networks, and school grade. Control variables included child gender, sensation seeking, depression, child alcohol use, parent education, and language spoken at home. For grade 6 students, the association of family relationship quality and school connectedness was lower when peer drinking networks were present, and this effect was nonsignificant for older (grade 8) students. Post hoc analyses indicated that the effect for family relationship quality on school connectedness was nonsignificant when adolescents in grade 6 reported that the majority of friends consumed alcohol. The results point to the importance of familyschool partnerships in early intervention and prevention.

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ID Code: 76167
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: Adolescents; Alcohol; Early adolescents; Family relationship quality; Parents; Peers; School connectedness, adolescent; analysis of variance; article; Australia; child; child behavior; child parent relation; drinking behavior; educational status; family; female; human; male; peer group; prevalence; psychological aspect; school; social behavior; student
DOI: 10.1007/s10802-011-9577-4
ISSN: 1573-2835
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > PSYCHOLOGY AND COGNITIVE SCIENCES (170000) > PSYCHOLOGY (170100) > Developmental Psychology and Ageing (170102)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > PSYCHOLOGY AND COGNITIVE SCIENCES (170000) > PSYCHOLOGY (170100) > Health Clinical and Counselling Psychology (170106)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Health
Current > Institutes > Institute of Health and Biomedical Innovation
Deposited On: 15 Sep 2014 23:07
Last Modified: 22 Jun 2017 14:01

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