The Mutual Influence of Family Support and Youth Adaptation

  • Christine Timko
  • Rudolf H. Moos
Part of the The Springer Series on Stress and Coping book series (SSSO)


Research on the family environment has demonstrated that levels of family support bear strong relationships to the adaptation of children and adolescents. The purpose of this chapter is to examine the mutual influence of family support and youth adaptation and to suggest mechanisms that may explain why these reciprocal relations occur. We begin the chapter by describing the concept and measurement of the family environment. Next, we present a conceptual model of the mutual influence of the family environment and family members’ adaptation and review studies of family support and youth functioning. We then focus on possible mechanisms by which family support and youth adaptation exert their mutual influence. We conclude by suggesting directions for future research.


Family Support Family Conflict Family Environment Family Cohesion Marital Quality 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Christine Timko
    • 1
    • 2
  • Rudolf H. Moos
    • 1
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of Veterans Affairs Health Care SystemCenter for Health Care EvaluationUSA
  2. 2.Stanford University Medical CenterPalo AltoUSA

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