Family relationships and parenting practices: a pathway to adolescents’ collectivist and individualist values?

Ana Prioste*, Isabel Narciso, Miguel M. Gonçalves, Cícero R. Pereira

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Abstract

Adolescents’ perceptions of parenting and family relationships are important variables for identifying mechanisms involved in how children acquire values and how these values are transmitted through families. In a sample of 515 adolescents, we investigated whether perceptions of the quality of parental practices would predict adolescents’ collectivist and individualist values. We hypothesized that perceived quality of family relations would mediate the relationship between the quality of parental practices and collectivist values but not of individualist values. The results of structural equation modeling suggested that perception of the quality of parental practices predicted adolescents’ both collectivist and individualist values. The predicted mediation effect was found for collectivist values, but not for individualist values. The results point to different functions of parenting and family relations on value acquisition. Implications for practice, such as the development and implementation of interventions to improve the formation of adolescents’ values by enhancing the quality of parenting and family relationships are discussed.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)3258-3267
Number of pages10
JournalJournal of Child and Family Studies
Volume24
Issue number11
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Nov 2015
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Adolescence
  • Collectivist values
  • Family relations
  • Individualist values
  • Parental practices

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