Deviant Peers and Adolescent Risky Behaviors: The Protective Effect of Nonverbal Display of Parental Warmth

Marie Ève Daspe, Reout Arbel, Michelle C. Ramos, Lauren A.S. Shapiro, Gayla Margolin

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Abstract

This study examines whether nonverbal displays of parents’ warmth during an in-lab conflict discussion mitigate the links between affiliation with deviant peers and risky behaviors. A sample of 107 youth and their parents participated in a study spanning from mid-adolescence (T1) to late adolescence (T2). At T1, family members discussed a contentious issue, which was coded for parents’ nonverbal warmth. At T1 and T2, youth reported on their friends’ and their own risky behaviors. Fathers’ warmth moderated each prospective association between deviant peers and risky behaviors. Mothers’ warmth did not emerge as a significant moderator. Girls, in particular, benefitted from fathers’ warmth as a buffer in the trajectory from T1 risky behaviors to T2 risky behaviors and deviant peers.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)863-878
Number of pages16
JournalJournal of Research on Adolescence
Volume29
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - 1 Dec 2019

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© 2018 Society for Research on Adolescence

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Cultural Studies
  • Developmental and Educational Psychology
  • Behavioral Neuroscience
  • Social Sciences (miscellaneous)

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