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Latino Adolescents’ Adjustment, Maternal Depressive Symptoms, and the Mother-Adolescent Relationship*


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    This work was supported by NIMH Grant MH54151 to M.S. We thank Celia Brugman, Gracia Dalton, Victor De Leon, Aída Cristina Fernández, Alma López, and Oliva Pillado for help with data collection, coding, and entry, and Drs. Terry Au and Tanya Boone for comments on an earlier version of this manuscript. We also thank the mothers and adolescents who participated.

**Rosalie Corona is Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychology, Virginia Commonwealth University, 808 W. Franklin Street, Richmond, VA, 23284-2018 ( Eva S. Lefkowitz is an Associate Professor in the Department of Human Development and Family Studies at the Pennsylvania State University. Marian Sigman is Associate Professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences at the University of California, Los Angeles. Laura F. Romo is an Assistant Professor at the University of California, Santa Barbara.


Abstract: This study examined associations between adolescent behaviors, maternal depressive symptoms, and mother-adolescent relationships. Latina mothers and adolescents (111 dyads) completed questionnaires and participated in videotaped discussions. Mothers’ depressive symptoms related to adolescents’ internalizing and externalizing behaviors and family satisfaction. Observed maternal behavior during a conflict conversation also related to adolescent substance use. Family satisfaction partially mediated the relation between maternal depressive symptoms and adolescents’ substance use. Clinical implications for working with Latino adolescents are discussed.