Perceptions of the family, delinquency, and emotional adjustment among youth

Mandy Goldstein, Patrick C L Heaven*

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This study explored the relationships between perceived family processes (parental bonding and parental discipline styles) and adolescent emotional and behavioural adjustment among a sample of youth. Respondents were 92 (53 female, 39 male) high school students, aged 13-17 years. Significant sex differences were noted regarding levels of self-reported delinquency and parental induction style. After controlling for sex, perceptions of low care and love withdrawal were significantly related to delinquency, while low care, overprotectiveness and love withdrawal were found to be related to poor well being. Structural equation modelling was used to further assess the relationships between perceptions of family life and the outcome variables. It was concluded that adolescent perceptions of family processes form a coherent and integrated network with implications for behavioural and emotional adjustment.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1169-1178
Number of pages10
JournalPersonality and Individual Differences
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2000
Externally publishedYes


  • Delinquency
  • Emotional well being
  • Parental bonding
  • Parental discipline styles


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