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Family Involvement, Problem and Prosocial Behavior Outcomes of Latino Youth

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Objective: To explore the relations between familial factors and behavioral outcomes in Latino adolescents using a youth development framework. Methods: A convenience sample of Latino youth (n=446) completed an anonymous survey. Multiple linear regression was used to examine the associations between levels of family involvement and problem and prosocial behavior outcomes. Results: Higher levels of parental monitoring and familial connectedness were consistently associated with less problem-behavior involvement. Sociocultural encouragement was consistently associated with more prosocial-behavior involvement. Conclusion: The family context is critical to the prevention of problem behaviors and the promotion of prosocial behaviors among Latino adolescents.

Keywords: Latino youth; familial connectedness; parent/guardian monitoring; positive youth development; prosocial behaviors

Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: 1: Shattuck and Associates, Annapolis, MD. 2: Department of Public and Community Health, University of Maryland, College Park, MD. 3: Shattuck and Associates, Inc., Mt. Airy, MD. 4: Identity, Inc., Washington, DC.

Publication date: May 1, 2003

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