CitationChen, Ping & Harris, Kathleen Mullan (2018). Long-term protective effects of adolescent family relations: Gendered trajectory of depression into adulthood. Annual Meeting of the Population Association of America. Denver, CO.
AbstractPrevious cross-sectional studies with regional or small community samples have found that positive parent-child relations can have short-term protective effects against depression in children and adolescents. Our study uses nationally-representative data from Add Health and a developmental and longitudinal perspective to examine the long-term protective effects of adolescent family relations and the gender-specific trajectories of depression into adulthood. We use two composite measures, family cohesion, and lack of parent-child conflict, to investigate how trajectories of depression vary among males and females by positive levels of family relations over the twenty-year life course that spans from early adolescence to mid-adulthood. Our results suggest that positive adolescent family relations have long-term protective effects for psychological well-being among both males and females over the life course. In growth-curve models we examine whether several environmental protective/risk factors explain differences in the age-related patterns of depressive symptoms due to contrasting levels of adolescent family relations.
Keyword(s)family adolescent family relations adolescence
Reference TypeConference proceeding
Book TitleAnnual Meeting of the Population Association of America
Series TitleFamily contexts and well-being in youth and early adulthood
Harris, Kathleen Mullan