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Parental monitoring: a reinterpretation
Örebro University, Department of Behavioural, Social and Legal Sciences. (Center for Developmental Research)ORCID iD: 0000-0001-7546-2275
Örebro University, Department of Behavioural, Social and Legal Sciences. (Center for Developmental Research)
2000 (English)In: Child Development, ISSN 0009-3920, E-ISSN 1467-8624, Vol. 71, no 4, p. 1072-1085Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Monitoring (tracking and surveillance) of children's behavior is considered an essential parenting skill. Numerous studies show that well-monitored youths are less involved in delinquency and other normbreaking behaviors, and scholars conclude that parents should track their children more carefully. This study questions that conclusion. The authors point out that monitoring measures typically assess parents' knowledge but not its source, and parents could get knowledge from their children's free disclosure of information as well as their own active surveillance efforts. In this study, 703 14-yr-olds and their parents completed questionnaires. Three potential sources of information--child disclosure (CD), parental solicitation, and parental control--were examined to determine which of these explains the largest portion of the variance in monitoring. Results show parental knowledge came mainly from CD, and CD was the source of knowledge that was most closely linked to broad and narrow measures of delinquency (normbreaking and police contact). These results held for both children's and parents' reports, for both sexes, and were independent of whether the children were exhibiting problem behavior.

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2000. Vol. 71, no 4, p. 1072-1085
Keywords [en]
Behavior, Childrearing Practices, Knowledge Level, Monitoring, Parents
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Psychology
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Psychology
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URN: urn:nbn:se:oru:diva-6558DOI: 10.1111/1467-8624.00210OAI: oai:DiVA.org:oru-6558DiVA, id: diva2:214254
Available from: 2009-05-04 Created: 2009-05-04 Last updated: 2017-12-13Bibliographically approved

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