Individual, Family, and Community Education ETDs

Publication Date

Fall 11-13-2018


The current study aimed to examine the associations between parental warmth and control and adolescents’ social behaviors (altruistic and public prosocial behaviors, aggression, and delinquency) in a low-income, Midwestern sample. The study also aimed to examine how peer relationships may play an indirect role in these associations. The results demonstrated complex links between parenting dimensions and adolescents' peer affiliation and social behaviors. Specifically, maternal and paternal warmth were predictive of peer affiliation, which in turn predicted adolescents' prosocial behaviors as well as negative social behaviors. There were also direct links between maternal and paternal parenting dimensions and social behaviors, highlighting the role of both mothers and fathers in adolescents’ socialization. The discussion focuses on the complex links between parental behaviors, peer relationships, and social behaviors. Additionally, the present study illustrates the differential role of mothers and fathers in adolescents' social relationships, as well as sociobehavioral outcomes.


psychological control, parental warmth, prosocial behaviors, aggression, delinquency

Document Type




Degree Name

Family Studies

Level of Degree


Department Name

Individual, Family, and Community Education

First Committee Member (Chair)

Alexandra N. Davis

Second Committee Member

Ryan J. Kelly

Third Committee Member

Cara Streit

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