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Journal of Youth and Adolescence

, Volume 40, Issue 2, pp 207–220 | Cite as

An Examination of the Reciprocal Relationships Between Adolescents’ Aggressive Behaviors and Their Perceptions of Parental Nurturance

  • Rübab G. Arım
  • V. Susan Dahinten
  • Sheila K. Marshall
  • Jennifer D. Shapka
Empirical Research

Abstract

This study examined reciprocal relationships between adolescents’ perceptions of parental nurturance and two types of adolescent aggressive behaviors (indirect and direct aggression) using a transactional model. Three waves of longitudinal data were drawn from the Canadian National Longitudinal Survey of Children and Youth. The sample included 1,416 (735 female) adolescents who were 10- and 11-year-olds at Time 1 and became 14-and 15-year-olds at Time 3. The findings failed to support reciprocal effects, but confirmed parental effects at different ages for girls and boys. For girls, perceptions of parental nurturance at age 10 were negatively associated with both indirect and direct aggression at age 12. For boys, perceptions of parental nurturance at age 12 were negatively associated with both aggressive behaviors at age 14. Future research should continue to investigate reciprocal effects in parent-adolescent relationships to identify developmental periods where the effect of adolescents’ or their parents’ behavior may be stronger.

Keywords

Adolescence Aggressive behavior Parental nurturance Reciprocal Transactional model 

Notes

Acknowledgments

The authors acknowledge the support given to Rübab G. Arım through a Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) doctoral fellowship and SSHRC- Initiative on the New Economy (INE) funding.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Rübab G. Arım
    • 1
  • V. Susan Dahinten
    • 2
  • Sheila K. Marshall
    • 3
  • Jennifer D. Shapka
    • 4
  1. 1.Ottawa Hospital Research InstituteUniversity of OttawaOttawaCanada
  2. 2.School of NursingUniversity of British ColumbiaVancouverCanada
  3. 3.School of Social WorkUniversity of British ColumbiaVancouverCanada
  4. 4.Department of Educational and Counselling Psychology, and Special EducationUniversity of British ColumbiaVancouverCanada

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