Get access

The Influence of Family Stability on Self-Control and Adjustment


Please address correspondence to: Jennifer Weil Malatras, Department of Psychology, SS 399, 1400 Washington Avenue, Albany, NY 12222. E-mail:



The aim of the present study was to replicate previous evidence for a model in which self-control mediates the relationship between family stability and internalizing symptoms, and to evaluate a similar model with regard to externalizing problems.


Participants were 155 female and 134 male undergraduates—mean age of 19.03 years. Participants completed measures of stability in the family of origin (Stability of Activities in the Family Environment), self-control (Self-Control scale), current externalizing (Adult Self-Report), and internalizing problems (Beck Depression Inventory II and Beck Anxiety Inventory).


Multiple regression analyses largely support the proposed model for both the externalizing and internalizing domains.


Family stability may foster the development of self-control and, in turn, lead to positive adjustment.

Get access to the full text of this article