The interplay of parental monitoring and socioeconomic status in predicting minor delinquency between and within adolescents

Roderik Rekker*, Loes Keijsers, Susan Branje, Hans Koot, Wim Meeus

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Abstract

This six-wave multi-informant longitudinal study on Dutch adolescents (N = 824; age 12–18) examined the interplay of socioeconomic status with parental monitoring in predicting minor delinquency. Fixed-effects negative binomial regression analyses revealed that this interplay is different within adolescents across time than between adolescents. Between individuals, parental solicitation and control were not significantly associated with delinquency after controlling for SES: Adolescents whose parents exercised more monitoring did not offend less than others. Within individuals, higher levels of parental control were unexpectedly associated with more delinquency, but this relation was dependent on SES: Low-SES adolescents, but not high-SES adolescents, offended more during periods in which their parents exercised more control than during other periods with less control. In contrast to earlier work, this finding suggests that monitoring could be least effective when needed most. Low-SES parents might not use monitoring effectively and become overcontrolling when their child goes astray.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)155-165
Number of pages11
JournalJournal of Adolescence
Volume59
Issue number1
Early online date30 Jun 2017
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Aug 2017

Funding

This research was supported by a grant from the Coordinating Societal Change program of Utrecht University. In the present study, data of the RADAR study were used. RADAR has been financially supported by main grants from the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (GB-MAGW 480-03-005; GB-MAGW 480-08-006), and Stichting Achmea Slachtoffer en Samenleving (SASS), a grant from the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research to the Consortium Individual Development (CID; 024.001.003), and various other grants from the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO), the Free University of Amsterdam (VU), and Utrecht University.

FundersFunder number
Free University of Amsterdam
Stichting Achmea Slachtoffer en Samenleving024.001.003
Universiteit Utrecht
Nederlandse Organisatie voor Wetenschappelijk OnderzoekGB-MAGW 480-03-005, GB-MAGW 480-08-006

    Keywords

    • Adolescent delinquency
    • Neighborhoods
    • Parental monitoring
    • Socioeconomic status
    • Within-individual

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