Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

The influence of parental support on antisocial behavior among sixth through eleventh graders
by Ordonez, Jose, Ph.D., University of South Florida, 2009, 111; 3420637
Abstract (Summary)

The primary objective of this study was to explore the influence of parental support on antisocial behavior among 1514 adolescents from Sarasota County (Florida). An integrated multilevel approach was developed considering elements of the social support paradigm and social learning theory. Using Hierarchical Linear Modeling (HLM), the results suggest that both paternal and maternal support were significant factors in the prevention of antisocial behavior. However, paternal support demonstrated to be stronger when students justified school misbehavior. At the school level, the findings suggest that the influence of parental support to reduce antisocial behavior competes with favorable definitions toward crime learned by youngsters from society and deviant peers.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Sellers, Christine
School: University of South Florida
School Location: United States -- Florida
Source: DAI-A 71/09, Dissertation Abstracts International
Subjects: Educational sociology, Developmental psychology, Criminology, Individual & family studies
Keywords: Adolescent misbehavior, Adolescents, Antisocial behavior, Multilevel modeling, Parental support, Parents, School context, Social learning
Publication Number: 3420637
ISBN: 978-1-124-18354-1
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