child disclosure, adolescence, longitudinal
The present study used in a person-centered approach to examine heterogeneity in children's patterns of routine disclosure (i.e., sharing information regarding their whereabouts and activities to parents) across adolescence and explored predictors and outcomes of different trajectories. Participants included 500 adolescents (51% female, 67% White, 33% single-parent families) who completed questionnaires every year from age 12 to age 18. Growth mixture modeling suggested that the majority of adolescents (82%) reported low and stable disclosure, and a third party (5%) a steep decrease and leveling out over time. Group membership varied as a function of predictors at age 12 (delinquency, prosocial behavior, maternal warmth) and of outcomes at age 18 (delinquency, substance use, depression, prosocial behavior). The discussion focuses on the implications of this person-centered approach for adolescent disclosure to parents across adolescence.
Original Publication Citation
Padilla-Walker, L. M., Son, D., & Nelson, L. J. (2018). A longitudinal growth mixture model of child disclosure to parents across adolescence. Journal of Family Psychology, 32, 475-483.
BYU ScholarsArchive Citation
Padilla-Walker, Laura M.; Son, Daye; and Nelson, Larry J., "A Longitudinal Growth Mixture Model of Child Disclosure to Parents Across Adolescence" (2017). Faculty Publications. 4704.
Journal of Family Psychology
Family, Home, and Social Sciences
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