Journal of Youth and Adolescence

, Volume 33, Issue 3, pp 221–233 | Cite as

Parental Monitoring Mediates the Effects of Age and Sex on Problem Behaviors Among African American Urban Young Adolescents

  • Maryse H. Richards
  • Bobbi Viegas Miller
  • Philip C. O'Donnell
  • Michelle S. Wasserman
  • Craig Colder


Adolescent delinquency, drug use and aggression remain societal concerns. These problems are more common with adolescent boys than girls, and tend to increase with age. Although a lack of parental monitoring has been found to be related to problem behaviors, the mediating role of monitoring on the relationship of sex and grade to problem behaviors has not been directly studied. This paper examined parental monitoring as a mediator of the relationship of sex and age to delinquency, drug use, and aggression in a sample of urban African American young adolescents. Our findings indicated that in general, boys and older adolescents reported higher rates of delinquency, drug use, and aggressiveness. Boys and older adolescents also indicated less monitoring by parents. Parental monitoring was found to mediate the effects of sex and grade on some of the behavioral problems.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Maryse H. Richards
    • 1
  • Bobbi Viegas Miller
    • 2
  • Philip C. O'Donnell
    • 3
  • Michelle S. Wasserman
    • 3
  • Craig Colder
    • 4
  1. 1.Clinical and Developmental Psychology atLoyola University ChicagoUSA
  2. 2.Clinical Psychology fromLoyola University ChicagoUSA
  3. 3.Clinical Psychology atLoyola University ChicagoUSA
  4. 4.Department of PsychologySUNY at

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