Journal of Child and Family Studies

, Volume 18, Issue 2, pp 203–212

Perceived Parent–Child Relations and Adolescent Self-Esteem

Original Paper

DOI: 10.1007/s10826-008-9220-3

Cite this article as:
Bulanda, R.E. & Majumdar, D. J Child Fam Stud (2009) 18: 203. doi:10.1007/s10826-008-9220-3


We used data drawn from the National Longitudinal Study of Adolescent Health to assess the independent and interactive correlations of maternal and paternal parenting with adolescent self-esteem. Specifically, ordinary least squares regression was used to provide estimates for a large, culturally diverse sample of married, biological parent-families with adolescent children. Our results suggested that adolescent reports of mothers’ and fathers’ physical availability, involvement, and quality of relations are each independently associated with adolescent self-esteem. In addition, statistically significant interactions indicated the positive associations of one parent’s involvement and high quality relations with self-esteem grow stronger in the presence of high involvement and relationship quality of the second parent. Our study highlights the need to assess the independent and interactive associations parents have with the well-being of their children.



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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Sociology & GerontologyMiami UniversityOxfordUSA
  2. 2.Department of SociologyTexas State UniversitySan MarcosUSA