Parenting Practices and Health Outcomes for Adolescents

Shannon J. Carey, University of Oklahoma

This research uses data from the National Longitudinal Study of Adolescent Health (Add Health) to investigate the impact of parental attachment and supervision on adolescent's health, independent of the risky behaviors of the adolescent. Theoretical basis for the research includes Gottfredson and Hirschi's Self-Control Theory and Jessor and Jessor's Problem Behavior Theory. Past research has shown a relationship between parenting and delinquency, accidents, and other analogous behaviors. The goal of the study is to add to the existing literature by determining the impact of parenting on the health of the child. Findings include support for both theories and show that parenting has an impact on adolescent health even when one takes into consideration social class and other adolescent behaviors that can be potentially health damaging (i.e. delinquency, smoking, sexual activity).

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Updated 05/20/2006