Title page for ETD etd-11132007-105030

Type of Document Master's Thesis
Author Marrero, Matthew Donald
Author's Email Address mmarre2@lsu.edu
URN etd-11132007-105030
Title Early Adolescent Decision Making and Behavioral Adjustment: Are Associations Moderated by Relationship Quality?
Degree Master of Science (M.S.)
Department Human Ecology
Advisory Committee
Advisor Name Title
Loren Marks Committee Chair
Robert Laird Committee Co-Chair
Cynthia DiCarlo Committee Member
  • early adolescent
  • decision making
  • behavioral adjustment
Date of Defense 2007-11-02
Availability unrestricted
The purpose of this study was to examine the associations between early adolescent decision making and behavioral adjustment with special interest in the interaction between parent-child relationship quality and decision making on behavioral adjustment. Associations were examined using data provided by 218 early adolescents. Girls comprised half the sample and the mean age was just over 11 years old. Main effects were consistent with previous research. Early adolescent decision making was associated with greater behavior problems and depressed mood. Parent-child relationship quality was defined as conflict and acceptance. Greater conflict was associated with poor behavioral adjustment while greater acceptance was associated with more positive behavioral adjustment. Multiple regression analysis was used to test possible interactions between early adolescent decision making and conflict and acceptance on each behavioral adjustment variable (behavior problems, depressed mood, and school performance). Consistent with previous research, neither conflict nor acceptance moderated the associations between early adolescent decision making and behavioral adjustment.
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