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Long-term effects of a universal family intervention: mediation through parent-adolescent conflict.
J Clin Child Adolesc Psychol. 2014; 43(3):415-27.JC

Abstract

This randomized trial of a family-focused preventive intervention for Mexican American middle schoolers examined internalizing, externalizing, and substance use outcomes in late adolescence, 5 years after completing the intervention. Parent-adolescent conflict was tested as a mediator of these effects. The role of parent and adolescent acculturation in these pathways was also examined. There were 494 seventh-grade adolescents and their primary female caregivers randomized to receive either a 9-week multicomponent intervention or a brief workshop control group. Assessments were conducted at pretest, 2-year follow-up (9th grade), and 5-year follow-up (when most participants were in the 12th grade). The Bridges program significantly reduced mother-adolescent conflict measured in the 9th grade, with conflict mediating program effects on internalizing and externalizing symptoms, adolescent substance use, and diagnosed internalizing disorder in late adolescence. Mother and child acculturation were both significantly predictive of late adolescence outcomes. Contrary to hypotheses, neither mother nor child acculturation emerged as a significant predictor of mother-adolescent conflict, and the interaction of mother and adolescent acculturation was similarly not related to mother-adolescent conflict. Intervention effects were largely consistent across different levels of acculturation. These findings provide support for the efficacy of family-focused intervention during early adolescence, both in reducing mental health problems and substance use in the long term and in impacting parent-adolescent conflict processes that appear to play an important role in the development of later adjustment problems.

Authors+Show Affiliations

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Pub Type(s)

Journal Article
Randomized Controlled Trial
Research Support, N.I.H., Extramural

Language

eng

PubMed ID

24730357

Citation

Jensen, Michaeline R., et al. "Long-term Effects of a Universal Family Intervention: Mediation Through Parent-adolescent Conflict." Journal of Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology : the Official Journal for the Society of Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology, American Psychological Association, Division 53, vol. 43, no. 3, 2014, pp. 415-27.
Jensen MR, Wong JJ, Gonzales NA, et al. Long-term effects of a universal family intervention: mediation through parent-adolescent conflict. J Clin Child Adolesc Psychol. 2014;43(3):415-27.
Jensen, M. R., Wong, J. J., Gonzales, N. A., Dumka, L. E., Millsap, R., & Coxe, S. (2014). Long-term effects of a universal family intervention: mediation through parent-adolescent conflict. Journal of Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology : the Official Journal for the Society of Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology, American Psychological Association, Division 53, 43(3), 415-27. https://doi.org/10.1080/15374416.2014.891228
Jensen MR, et al. Long-term Effects of a Universal Family Intervention: Mediation Through Parent-adolescent Conflict. J Clin Child Adolesc Psychol. 2014;43(3):415-27. PubMed PMID: 24730357.
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TY - JOUR T1 - Long-term effects of a universal family intervention: mediation through parent-adolescent conflict. AU - Jensen,Michaeline R, AU - Wong,Jessie J, AU - Gonzales,Nancy A, AU - Dumka,Larry E, AU - Millsap,Roger, AU - Coxe,Stefany, Y1 - 2014/04/14/ PY - 2014/4/16/entrez PY - 2014/4/16/pubmed PY - 2014/8/5/medline SP - 415 EP - 27 JF - Journal of clinical child and adolescent psychology : the official journal for the Society of Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology, American Psychological Association, Division 53 JO - J Clin Child Adolesc Psychol VL - 43 IS - 3 N2 - This randomized trial of a family-focused preventive intervention for Mexican American middle schoolers examined internalizing, externalizing, and substance use outcomes in late adolescence, 5 years after completing the intervention. Parent-adolescent conflict was tested as a mediator of these effects. The role of parent and adolescent acculturation in these pathways was also examined. There were 494 seventh-grade adolescents and their primary female caregivers randomized to receive either a 9-week multicomponent intervention or a brief workshop control group. Assessments were conducted at pretest, 2-year follow-up (9th grade), and 5-year follow-up (when most participants were in the 12th grade). The Bridges program significantly reduced mother-adolescent conflict measured in the 9th grade, with conflict mediating program effects on internalizing and externalizing symptoms, adolescent substance use, and diagnosed internalizing disorder in late adolescence. Mother and child acculturation were both significantly predictive of late adolescence outcomes. Contrary to hypotheses, neither mother nor child acculturation emerged as a significant predictor of mother-adolescent conflict, and the interaction of mother and adolescent acculturation was similarly not related to mother-adolescent conflict. Intervention effects were largely consistent across different levels of acculturation. These findings provide support for the efficacy of family-focused intervention during early adolescence, both in reducing mental health problems and substance use in the long term and in impacting parent-adolescent conflict processes that appear to play an important role in the development of later adjustment problems. SN - 1537-4424 UR - https://www.unboundmedicine.com/medline/citation/24730357/Long_term_effects_of_a_universal_family_intervention:_mediation_through_parent_adolescent_conflict_ L2 - https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/15374416.2014.891228 DB - PRIME DP - Unbound Medicine ER -