The influence of families on early adolescent school connectedness : evidence that this association varies with adolescent involvement in peer drinking networks

Kelly, Adrian B., O'Flaherty, Martin, Toumbourou, John W., Homel, Ross, Patton, George C., White, Angela and Williams, Joanne 2012, The influence of families on early adolescent school connectedness : evidence that this association varies with adolescent involvement in peer drinking networks, Journal of abnormal child psychology, vol. 40, no. 3, pp. 437-447.

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Title The influence of families on early adolescent school connectedness : evidence that this association varies with adolescent involvement in peer drinking networks
Author(s) Kelly, Adrian B.
O'Flaherty, Martin
Toumbourou, John W.
Homel, Ross
Patton, George C.
White, Angela
Williams, Joanne
Journal name Journal of abnormal child psychology
Volume number 40
Issue number 3
Start page 437
End page 447
Total pages 11
Publisher Springer
Place of publication New York, N.Y.
Publication date 2012-04
ISSN 0091-0627
Keyword(s) Adolescents
Peers
Family relationship quality
Parents
Alcohol
School connectedness
Early adolescents
Summary School connectedness is central to the long term well-being of adolescents, and high quality parent–child relationships facilitate school connectedness. This study examined the extent to which family relationship quality is associated with the school connectedness of pre- and early teenagers, and how this association varies with adolescent involvement in peer drinking networks. The sample consisted of 7,372 10–14 year olds recruited from 231 schools in 30 Australian communities. Participants completed the Communities that Care youth survey. A multi-level model of school connectedness was used, with a random term for school-level variation. Key independent variables included family relationship quality, peer drinking networks, and school grade. Control variables included child gender, sensation seeking, depression, child alcohol use, parent education, and language spoken at home. For grade 6 students, the association of family relationship quality and school connectedness was lower when peer drinking networks were present, and this effect was nonsignificant for older (grade 8) students. Post hoc analyses indicated that the effect for family relationship quality on school connectedness was nonsignificant when adolescents in grade 6 reported that the majority of friends consumed alcohol. The results point to the importance of family-school partnerships in early intervention and prevention.
Language eng
Field of Research 179999 Psychology and Cognitive Sciences not elsewhere classified
Socio Economic Objective 970117 Expanding Knowledge in Psychology and Cognitive Sciences
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Copyright notice ©2012, Springer
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30046615

Document type: Journal Article
Collection: School of Psychology
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