Journal of Youth and Adolescence

, Volume 43, Issue 2, pp 298–310 | Cite as

Mastery in Middle Adolescence: The Contributions of Socioeconomic Status, Maternal Mastery and Supportive-Involved Mothering

  • Kristin L. Moilanen
  • Yuh-Ling Shen
Empirical Research


Mastery, or the feeling of power or control over one’s life, is a vital yet understudied covariate of wellbeing in adolescence and adulthood. The goal of the current study was to explore the effects of demographic characteristics (i.e., sex, age, race/ethnicity, and socioeconomic status (SES)), maternal mastery, and supportive-involved mothering on children’s mastery at ages 16–17 years. 855 teens (47.6 % female) and their mothers provided study data as part of the 1992 and 1998 waves of National Longitudinal Survey of Youth-1979 (NLSY-79; 24.1 % Hispanic, 36.6 % Black). Hybrid path models indicated that only maternal parenting during middle childhood was linked directly to levels of children’s mastery in middle adolescence; a small portion of the association between parenting and adolescent mastery was attributable to SES. The discussion centers on significance of these findings for future research and theory development.


Mastery Locus of control Parenting Mothering NLSY79 Longitudinal SES SEM 


Author Contributions

K.M. conceived of the study, participated in its design, performed and interpreted the statistical analyses, and drafted the manuscript; Y.S. performed and interpreted the statistical analyses of moderated mediation and helped to draft the manuscript. Both authors read and approved the final manuscript.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Technology, Learning, and CultureWest Virginia UniversityMorgantownUSA
  2. 2.National Chung Cheng UniversityMin-Hsiung, Chiayi CountyTaiwan

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