This work was supported by NIDA grant R01 DA016603.
Predictors of Parental Monitoring Among Families With a Runaway Adolescent
Article first published online: 13 JAN 2012
© 2012 American Orthopsychiatric Association
American Journal of Orthopsychiatry
Volume 82, Issue 1, pages 10–18, January 2012
How to Cite
Slesnick, N., Reed, S., Letcher, A., Katafiasz, H., Jones, T. and Buettner, C. (2012), Predictors of Parental Monitoring Among Families With a Runaway Adolescent. American Journal of Orthopsychiatry, 82: 10–18. doi: 10.1111/j.1939-0025.2011.01137.x
- Issue published online: 13 JAN 2012
- Article first published online: 13 JAN 2012
- runaway adolescents;
- parental monitoring;
- relational interventions;
- family systems therapy
Extensive research shows that parental monitoring is a critical factor in child adjustment. Using parent and adolescent reports, this study sought to examine predictors of parental monitoring among an understudied, high-risk sample of runaway adolescents. Parent-reported depressive symptoms, couple (romantic) relationship satisfaction, and adolescent-reported bonding with parents were used as predictors of both child- and parent-reported monitoring. Findings indicated that, among parents, the couple relationship was the primary predictor of monitoring, whereas among adolescents, the parent–child relationship was the primary predictor. Maternal depressive symptoms were unrelated to monitoring. These findings suggest the utility of considering monitoring as an interpersonal phenomenon rather than primarily a parent- or child-driven phenomenon.